The Route 66 still conjures up images of total freedom and captivates hearts and minds of people all around the world. From Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California it covers more than 2000 miles through various states and past the USA most archetypical scenery. Who does think of rusty middle-of-nowhere truck stops with diners? Go and explore and ...get your kicks on Route 66.
Days 1 - 2 - Chicago
You spend two nights in Chicago, a city with a rich history and a musical soul and breathtaking architecture on the banks of Lake Michigan. Chicago is the starting point of Route 66.
Day 3 - Springfield, IL
Day 4 - St Louis
The bustling city of St. Louis became ‘the gateway to the West’. Visit Union Station a wonderful example of historic preservation and once the busiest railway station in the world. Its unique architecture is modelled after the walled medieval city of Carcassone in southern France. You will meet people from all four corners of the world. Meet me in St. Louis? Right.
Day 5 - Springfield, MI
Your next stop will be Rolla, home of the Totem Pole Trading Post, built in 1933and Meramec Caverns which preserve mineral formations and colours as rare and unique as they are beautiful. It was the hide out for Jessy James! Learn how an ancient limestone "Wine Table" and an entire 7-story mansion were built... all underground. Continue on to Springfield which is recognized as the birthplace of Route 66 since on April 30, 1926, officials in Springfield proposed the name for the new Chicago-to-Los Angeles Highway.
Day 6 - Tulsa
Today you exchange Missouri for Oklahoma. Experience pure nostalgia in Dale's Ole "66" Barber Shop in Joplin. Then head for Tulsa, nicknamed the "Oil Capital of the World" and enjoy its nice Art Decofaçades.
Day 7 - Oklahoma City
Today you drive a maximum number of kilometres, so please start early. It is at heart a cowboy town and it is popular for its restaurants and shops specializing in Western wear, custom-made boots, and saddles,. It claims to be the largest live cattle market in the world. Cattle auctions, open to the public, are held all day Monday and Tuesday. Visit the National Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Centre. Water taxis are a popular and enjoyable means of transport between shops, cafes, and nightclubs here.
Day 8 - Amarillo
As you head into Amarillo make a stop in the town of Shamrock to visit the U-Drop-Inn Restaurant and Service Station dating from 1936 and the Pioneer West Museum, located in the historic Reynolds Hotel, for a glimpse on how life was in these parts when Route 66 was indeed the Mother Road. Continue to Amarillo, the cattle-shipping capital. Several locals host horse-drawn wagon rides through miles of scenic ranch land followed by mouth-watering meals.
Day 9 - Albuquerque
Leave Big Texas behind and discover the charm of southwestern New Mexico. Albuquerque is its largest city and offers plenty to see. You wll be staying two nights here. Venture into the old town, visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center or take a detour to Acoma Pueblo, the oldest and most dramatically sited Indian pueblo in New Mexico.
Day 10 - Santa Fe
Today you may explore Santa Fe – ‘holy faith’ in Spanish – ‘The Land of Enchantment’. Santa Fe is known as the “City Different” because of the blending of cultures which is reflected in the harmonious inhabitants and different architectural styles. View the famous “Miraculous Stairway” at the Loretto Chapel and listen to the legend of its remarkable carpenter.
For a peek into history, visit the "Oldest House." It dates back to approximately 1766. Inside the house are the remains of a Spanish warrior. You can also view a display of traditional weavings.
Day 11 - Holbrook
Today you will discover what is probably the nicest part of the Route 66. Close by are the ancient Native American lands of the Navajo and Hopi Indian Nations. Also nearby is the Petrified Forest National Park with an abundance of beautifully coloured petrified logs that existed 225 million years ago.
The 28-mile drive through the park has scenic views and wonderful photo opportunities are found at Rainbow Forest, Agate House, Blue Mesa and part of the Painted Desert. The area is especially beautiful at sunset and sunrise when the land appears to glow in hues of violet, blue, red and gold. This evening, explore Holbrook’s Main Street for shopping and dining.
Day 12 - Grand Canyon - Williams
Follow the gigantic Jack Rabbit signs until you reach the Jack Rabbit Trading Post. Continue to the Grand Canyon, one of the absolute highlights of your trip and a memory you will not easily forget. The Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural wonders of the World. Arrive at Williams before 7pm and watch a thrilling cowboy shoot-out.
Day 13 - Hoover - Las Vegas
Along the way to Las Vegas, you will drive passed amazing views on the Colorado River and the Hoover Dam. The Hoover Dam is considered one of the greatest engineering feats in the world and constitutes the border between Arizona and Nevada. The electrifying entertainment capital of America, Las Vegas, is unique and superlative in about all and everything that’s on there.
Be it casino gambling, spectacular shows, world-class cuisine, a bustling day-and night life and the most fabulous hotels in the world. The ‘’the Strip,” is awe-inspiring. And seen from the air, it is like flying over a fairytale, so what are you waiting for? Check our helicopter flights and book your heart’s content.
Days 14 -15 - Los Angeles - Hollywood - Santa Monica
Too soon you are on your way again, back to L.A. The Pier of Santa Monica was built in 1916 and once known as the "finish line" of legendary Route 66. It features an aquarium, an amusement park and the famous Hippodrome building, featured in many films. Drive through Beverly Hills, home of many movie stars, stroll along the Walk of Fame, visit Universal Studios or work out at Venice Beach. You spend 2 nights here, so time enough for a touch of everything.
Day 16 - Santa Monica
End of your self-drive. Fly home safely or extend your holiday.
Hotels & Meals
Mainstream American cuisine is similar to that in other Western countries. Wheat is the primary cereal grain. Traditional American cuisine uses indigenous ingredients, such as turkey, venison, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, squash, and maple syrup, which were consumed by Native Americans and early European settlers.
Slow-cooked pork and beef barbecue, crab cakes, potato chips, and chocolate chip cookies are distinctively American foods. Soul food, developed by African slaves, is popular around the South and among many African Americans elsewhere. Syncretic cuisines such as Louisiana Creole, Cajun, and Tex-Mex are regionally important. The confectionery industry in the United States includes The Hershey Company, the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America. In addition, Frito-Lay, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, is the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world. The United States has a vast breakfast cereal industry that includes brands such as Kellogg's and General Mills.
Characteristic dishes such as apple pie, fried chicken, pizza, hamburgers, and hot dogs derive from the recipes of various immigrants. French fries, Mexican dishes such as burritos and tacos, and pasta dishes freely adapted from Italian sources are widely consumed. Americans generally prefer coffee to tea. Marketing by U.S. industries is largely responsible for making orange juice and milk ubiquitous breakfast beverages.
The American fast food industry, the world's largest, pioneered the drive-through format in the 1930s. Fast food consumption has sparked health concerns. During the 1980s and 1990s, Americans' caloric intake rose 24%; frequent dining at fast food outlets is associated with what public health officials call the American "obesity epidemic". Highly sweetened soft drinks are widely popular, and sugared beverages account for nine percent of American caloric intake.
Travel documents: All Belgian nationals* (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (biometric) containing min. 2 blank pages, valid at day of entry and during the entire stay. Connections recommends to let common sense prevail and to build in some slack in terms of validity. Often unforeseen circumstances (weather factors, volcanoes, and threats all kinds) are the cause of a mandatory postponed return date. A credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. Please keep this in mind. We strongly recommend you to print out the Esta- or Eta permit and to have it on you while you travel to avoid problems.
All passengers who travel to and /or via the U.S. must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure. The ESTA procedure must be requested via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and paid by a personal credit card only.
- Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents. They must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and pay by a personal credit card only.
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The United States span 4 time zones:
- Eastern (- 6 h)
- Central (- 7 h)
- Mountain (- 8 h)
- Pacific (- 9 h)
Daylight saving time 2018: In The USA the clock is set forward in the night of Sunday 12 MAR 2017 at 2am. In Belgium, the clock is set forward on Sunday 26 MAR 2017 at 02am. This entails that between 12 and 26 March, the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.
Winter time 2018: Belgium turns the clock back one hour on Sunday 29 OCT 2017 at 02am. The USA turns back the arms of the clock on the night of Saturday, 5 nov at 2am. That entails that during the latter week the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.
US Dollar (USD), 1 USD = 0,92 EUR & 10 EUR = 10.83 USD (01/05/2020)
- A personal credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. The most convenient method of payment is by credit card but cash euros and dollars in small amount come in handy. Inform yourself timely, as from January 15, 2015 your Visa and/or MasterCard credit card (and possibly other types of credit cards) has automatically been set to "not for use in the US, for US car rental agencies and during cruises under the American flag".
- You must then apply for a release of your credit card. This may be done prior to your arrival in the U.S. (in your bank branch or via the telephone number listed on the back of your credit card or by means of a special form available for PC banking) as well as after arrival in the US (through a withdrawal at an ATM. Please note, in this case there will be a transaction fee charged to your account). The same applies to the Maestro function in your bank card.
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What's not included?
Your international return flight and car rental.
The total to be paid will depend on your travel dates/class and the size and category of your rental car.
Good to Know
Start or end your journey with an unforgettable citytrip or extend with another awesome selfdrive.
Make the most of your flight and make a stopover in New York, Washington D.C., Chicago or Philadelphia enroute to your selfdrive destination.
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