7 DAYS ON ROUTE 66
We hit the road from
Amarillo, TX to Los Angeles, CA
TAKE A TRIP THROUGH OUR TRAVEL ITINERARY, A ROCKIN' TRIP ON '66
It's the Coolest Trip
July 11th thru the 17th
Day One: AMARILLO, TEXAS
SUNDAY, JULY 11TH: Amarillo, TX
Join your fellow Route 66 travelers for an epic welcome dinner at the world-famous “Big Texan Steak Ranch, a Route 66 landmark.”
Bonus points if you can knock out their famous 72-oz steak challenge!
Our first night's stay will also be at the Big Texan Motel designed to a "main street in an old west town!"
ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS: DAY TWO
GLENRIO, NEW MEXICO
A Ghost Town on Route 66!
The old Route 66 town straddling Texas and New Mexico died along with the Main Street of America.
This classic Route 66 town is packed full of photo-ops, cool murals, classic diners, roadside attractions and vintage motels.
SANTA ROSA, NM
Featuring the legendary Blue Hole, an 81-foot-deep natural artesian spring that—at 62 degrees—allows for year-round diving.
MONDAY, JULY 12TH: Amarillo, TX to Santa Fe, NM
The day kicks off with a can of spray paint in your hand as we make our mark on the legendary “Cadillac Ranch.” After, grab some pictures and perhaps a few souvenirs at the MidPoint Cafe, the halfway point of Route 66. We will also make a pitstop in Glenrio, one of the iconic ghost towns on the mother road.
Enjoy lunch on your own in Tucumcari, "the heart of the Mother Road" at one of their classic diners, and wander the town's Route 66, exactly 6.6 miles long! Check out historic signs and iconic businesses like the Blue Swallow Motel, the Motel Safari, TeePee Curios, numerous murals, and tons of historic 66 photo-ops.
Finally, we hit the road out into the desert on “Old Route 66” until we reach one of the coolest cities in the West and America's second oldest city, Santa Fe.
Nighttime in Santa Fe includes dinner at Santa Fe Brewing and live music and more at Santa Fe Railyard Park. You can also roam around on your own with suggested places to see in our Route 66 Guide.
TUESDAY, JULY 13TH: Santa Fe, NM to Albuquerque, NM
Spend the morning wandering and seeing the shops, museums, and art galleries of Santa Fe before hitting the “Turquoise Trail” including a drive over the "Musical Highway" that plays "America The Beautiful" when tires pass over it. Includes a stop in the village of Madrid, NM nestled in a narrow canyon in the Ortiz Mountains en route to Albuquerque.
Enjoy included dinner at the 66 Diner in Albuquerque. Nighttime options include live music, dancing, breweries, distilleries, and more with a curated list of things to do included in our Route 66 Guide.
ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS: DAY FOUR
GALLOP, NEW MEXICO
Featuring the historic El Rancho Hotel, built in 1936 it has hosted legendary Hollywood stars and features a style best described as “rusticated fantasy appearance.”
Famous for expansive vistas—stark moon-like landscapes and colorful eroding badlands —and rainbow hues of large petrified trees, which have turned completely into stone during the last 225 million years.
"Standing on the Corner of Winslow, AZ " commemorating the song "Take It Easy" by the Eagles. On the way to Winslow is the Jack Rabbit Trading Post, a well kniown roadside pitstop with clever billboard marketing.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 14TH: Albuquerque, NM to Flagstaff, AZ
We’ll start at the El Rancho Motel, where all of the western stars stayed, then journey across the Painted Desert, a natural canvas millions of years in the making, and cruise through the Petrified Forest National Park, the only park to have Route 66 pass right through it.
We’ll make a pitstop in Holbrook at the Petrified Wood Store and a photo-op at the iconic Wigwam Motel before heading to Winslow, AZ where you’ll “Stand on the Corner” just like the Eagles song. We finish the day in the bustling town of Flagstaff, Az the gateway to the San Francisco Peaks, and home to Arizona’s tallest mountain, Humphreys Peak. The town has some great breweries including the Mother Road Brewing Company and bars. Grab a bit and some western dancing at the world-famous Museum Club, a Route 66 roadhouse and nightclub which is also haunted.
THURSDAY, JULY 15TH: Flagstaff, AZ to Williams, AZ (Grand Canyon)
Start your morning with a visit to the Cameron Trading Post where you’ll have the opportunity to buy authentic Native American gifts. After, we enter and explore the Grand Canyon, one of the great wonders of the world with its layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history.
Spend the afternoon taking in the breathtaking sights before we drive to Williams, AZ, a truly one-of-a-kind Route 66 town! Nighttime activities can include the cool dive bars, Canyon Club and Sultana Bar plus the Long Horn Saloon, a truly western experience. The main street is lit up at night with neon and midcentury mixed with an old west style.
ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS: DAY SIX
“The Birthplace of Historic Route 66” this iconic roadside town is also home to Angel Delgadillo the "Guardian Angel" of the Mother Road.
Home to the legendary Roy's Cafe & Diner, greeting weary travelers since 1938. The town also features the Amboy Crater, a volcano that spewed lava a few thousand years ago.
An old mining town where settlers came to strike it rich that now lives on as a ghost town. You just might see wild burros & gunfights still today.
FRIDAY, JULY 16TH: Williams, AZ to Barstow, CA
Spend the day going through some of the Route’s most memorable towns like Seligman, where the famed barber “Angel of Route 66” has his shop. Angel was a major consultant for the movie Cars and is credited for saving Route 66 after the interstate came along.
Next, it’s on to the funky trading post, Hackberry General Store, and Andy Devine’s very own Kingman before heading to the old mining town of Oatman with its wild burros roaming the town. We’ll make one last stop at Roy’s Motel and Café before landing in “The Heart of the Mojave Desert" ... Barstow, California for the night. Grab a bite at Peggy Sue's 50's Diner and catch a flick at the Skyline Drive-In, an authentic 50's drive-in.
ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS: DAY SEVEN
ORO GRANDE, CA
Home of Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch featuring a forest of bottle trees, sculptures made from glass bottles & vintage items for as far as the eye can see.
Popular pitstop since 1947, Emma Jean's Holland Burger Cafe is always dishing up American classics. The town also features the California Route 66 Museum
SAN BERNADINO, CA
A piece of American business history - the original restaurant of fast-food giant McDonald's opened in 1948 and is now a musuem.
SATURDAY, JULY 17TH: Barstow, CA to Los Angeles, CA
Take in the desert sights like “Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch” and the Victorville Route 66 Museum before crossing the mountains into the "City of Angels"... Los Angeles, California.
Spend some free time at the Santa Monica Pier, the end of the trail, before gathering up for one last dinner and farewell bash with your fellow travelers.
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