Continuing the 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 Two
The Texas Panhandle makes up the top 26 counties of the State, and you’ll drive along Route 66 until you hit Amarillo. We bet you can’t resist singing the famous Neil Sedaka song as you approach. Amarillo is best known for its many good steakhouses, including the Iron Horse Cafe, at 401 S. Grant Street, housed in the old train depot near the stockyards. The most famous has to be the 450-seat Big Texan Steak Ranch, which started in 1960 along historic Route 66 and now stands on the east side of Amarillo, off I-40 exit 74, marked by a false-front Wild West town and a giant cowboy atop a billboard.
Your fourth state in five days - New Mexico
On the way from Amarillo, you’ll have the chance to visit some classic Mother Road attractions. This include Cadillac Ranch, Midpoint Cafe and the Route 66 Auto Museum in Santa Rosa. New Mexico has a strong Native American and Hispanic heritage. You’ll finish the day in air balloon obsessed Albuquerque, New Mexico which also has a strong Native American and Hispanic heritage. Route 66 passes through the downtown area, with Albuquerque high on the list of Route 66 fans.
El Morro, Petrified Forest National Park and Meteor Crater
As allows, your personalised Itinerary Pack will list any stop-offs that exist along the way. Imagine an object hitting the ground travelling at 12 miles per second, and the resulting impact carrying the force of a thousand Hiroshima bombs. Then imagine the hole that’s created, and whatever comes to mind probably won't do this site justice. Easily accessible from Route 66, Meteor Crater is a must-see stop-off on any passing road trip. El Morro is a detour well worth considering too, in the rock you can see the signatures of road trippers from past centuries.
Las Vegas via the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon
Just 90 minutes north of Flagstaff is the Grand Canyon. The world’s biggest hole is an awe-inspiring natural wonder that is hard to get your head around when you first arrive. Two billion years in the making, the Colorado river has forged a mile deep, 18 miles wide and 277 mile long gouge into Arizona. Continue west to Last Vegas! You’ll leave I-40 for a while on a scenic Route 66 loop, before heading northwest to the Hoover Dam. Lastly, you’ll hit Sin City. Again, if you have more time we can bolt on additional days here, in LA or anywhere along the route.
Wake up to Vegas fun
It’s glitzy, it’s tacky and it’s wrong on so many levels.... but, we love it! Firstly, it’s unique. And secondly, it’s hedonism at its finest. First class hotels, cuisine and entertainment in the middle of a desert landscape miles from anywhere. Oh, and if you like a gamble then this is the place to be.
Mojave Desert and LA glamour
Last stop Santa Monica! The pier brings Route 66 to a glorious end, and Santa Monica with its ‘Baywatch’ beaches and old fashioned pier is a worthy destination to end any road trip. Hire a bike or rollerblades and cruise the boardwalk down to Venice Beach or shop your heart out at the 3rd Street Promenade.
Explore the City of Angels
Tinseltown is synonymous with glitz and glamour, and it's fun to visit the home of the Oscars and walk Hollywood Boulevard looking for the hand prints of your favourite movie stars. Griffith Observatory, perched high on a hill overlooking LA, this recently renovated land mark is well worth a visit. Another option is to cruise through Beverly Hills, filled with movie star homes on palm tree lined streets, once you've found the homes of the rich and famous you could see how the other side shop by joining them on Rodeo Drive.