Here’s a great idea from the American Road Trip Company to explore the famous Route 66 on a fortnight’s downtime from work.
Route 66 Explorer – Week One
Arrive in masculine Chicago
Arrive in Chi Town and collect your wheels ready for this classic Route 66 road trip across America. But before you hit the world, you’ll have two days and three nights to explore this great city.
Chicago is often called the second city, but the natives of this masculine city would argue that it’s not second to anything. The home of some of America’s greatest skyscrapers, sporting teams and gangsters can be explored by trolley, bus, boat or bike. Chilly in winter, the city and its beaches come alive in the summer months.
A third day to discover Chicago
Your personalised Itinerary Pack will detail all of Chicago’s must see places, these include the Cloud Gate, Navy Pier and Lake Michigan shoreline. Chi town is a world class city and the two and a half days you have here will fly by as you explore its highlights.
Set off down Route 66
Start your engines, historic Route 66 awaits. The Illinois section is very well sign posted, making it easy to enjoy highlights such as Route 66 obsessed Pontiac and historic Spiringfield, IL. Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb, the Lincoln Presidential Museum and the Lincoln Home can be found in or near to downtown Springfield.
Next up, St Louis
If you get there early enough then check out the Missouri Botanical Gardens, Citygarden or the iconic Gateway Arch. If you have longer than 14 days to take this trip, then the American Road Trip Company can add extra days along the way.
Visit the iconic Route 66 stop off - Meramec Caverns
Missouri holds one of the greatest of the old Route 66 tourist attractions - Meramec Caverns, an extensive set of limestone caves offering the most over-the-top underground tour you can take. Regular guided tours last about 70 minutes. You’ll end the day in Springfield, MO which is officially recognised as the birthplace of Route 66, it was in this town on 30 April 1926, that officials first proposed the name of the new Chicago-to-LA highway.
Tulsa and Oklahoma City today
Tulsa’s Philbrook Museum is just one of the great attractions available today. This vast art museum, housed in an Italian style villa, has numerous exhibits from European, American, Asian, Native American and African artists and is surrounded by acres of lush gardens. Your Itinerary Pack will list the other options that are available.