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HISTORIC ROUTE 66

100th Anniversary Tour

The romance of Route 66 continues to captivate people around the world. Running between Chicago and Los Angeles for over 2448 miles, this legendary old road passes through the heart of the United States on a diagonal trip that takes in some of the country’s most archetypal roadside scenes. If you’re looking for great displays of neon signs, rusty middle-of-nowhere truck stops, or kitschy Americana, do as the song says and “get your kicks on Route 66”. Now, in preparation for Route 66’s 100th anniversary in 2026, parts of the historic route are getting much-needed upgrades.

Bob Cole has escorted Route 66 on 3 previous occasions and will again be on hand to give you tips and advice as you make your way across the USA. 

Route 66
passes through a diverse cross-section of American scenes, from the cornfields of Illinois all the way to the golden sands and sunshine of Los Angeles. It passes by numerous landscapes including the Grand Canyon, the Native American communities of the desert southwest, the small-town Midwest heartlands of Oklahoma and the Ozarks, as well as the gritty streets of St. Louis and Chicago. Whether you are motivated by an interest in history, feel a nostalgic yearning for the “good old days” Route 66 has come to represent, or simply want to experience first-hand the amazing diversity of people and landscapes that line its path, Route 66 offers an unforgettable journey into America, then and now.

Route 66, America’s ‘Mother Road,’ readies for its Centennial -
All of the eight states traversed by America’s defining highway are getting it ready for its 100th anniversary in 2026. States are handing out grants to restore vintage neon signs along the highway. In addition the Route 66 Centennial Commission, are planning numerous events around the anniversary.


The Route 66 Mother Road Festival, Springfield, Illinois will be hosting a double celebration as in addition to it being the 100th Anniversary of Route 66, The festival will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary! 100's of cars, the music, the fun and nostalgia that Route 66 has brought to generations will return for a 25th year, rolling into historic downtown Springfield on 25th to 27th September 2026. 

When is the best time to drive Route 66 - The season starts in May and runs through to the end of October. Before or after that you risk running into cold weather, especially in the mid-west and the higher elevation portions of Route 66. From our experience, the best time to drive Route 66 is mid-September to late-October.

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Route 66 Classic Tour

Tour Itinerary

Route 66 spans 2,400 miles, crosses eight states and three time zones The epitome of American driving holidays, Route 66 takes you east to west, from Chicago to Santa Monica.

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Look at our NEW Route 66 

100th Anniversary Tour Package including 3 Extra Overnight Stops!

• Return Economy Transatlantic Flights from London to Chicago & Los Angeles to London (See flight options below)

• 22 Days Standard Car Hire (Chevrolet Cruze or similar) Upgrades available on request

• 24 Nights Hotel Accommodation 

• Welcome breakfast in Chicago & Complimentary buffet breakfast at all hotels except Gallup, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas & the second night in Chicago.

• Services of a Scenic Car Tours Representative from Chicago to LA on our 2024 Tour

2 Nights Chicago, IL

• 1 or 2 Nights Springfield, IL (1 Night on June Tour & 2 Nights Sept Tour) 

• AAA Route 66 Festival in Tulsa, OK (June Tour)

Route 66 Mother Road Festival in Springfield, IL (September tour)

• 2 Nights St Louis, MO

• 1 Night Springfield, MO

NEW 1 or 2 Nights Tulsa, OK (2 Nights on June Tour & 1 Night Sept Tour) 

• 1 Night Oklahoma City, OK

• 1 Night Amarillo, TX

NEW 1 Night Tucumcari, NM

• 2 Nights Alburqurque, NM

NEW 1 Night Gallup, NM

• 1 Night Flagstaff, AZ 

• 1 Night Monument Valley, AZ

• 2 Nights Grand Canyon, AZ

• 1 Night Needles, CA

• 2 Nights Las Vegas, NV

• 1 Night Victorville, CA

• 2 Nights Santa Monica, CA

• Admissions & Inclusions as per the Itinerary

• Evening Visit to the Big Texan Steak Ranch (meal cost payable locally)

• Detailed Road Book featuring Maps, Great Drives & Local Attractions

• Route 66 EZE Guide Book

• Commemorative Route 66 Tour Rally Plate

• Commemorative Tour T-Shirt & Baseball Cap

• Car Parking at all Hotels (except Chicago & Santa Monica where charges are payable locally)

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ROUTE 66 
TOUR HOTELS

See our selection of hotels, all of which have been hand-picked for their quality, facilities and location

NEW FOR 2026

  • 1 or 2 Additional Night in Tulsa, OK

  • 1 Additional Night in Tucumcari, NM

  • 1 Additional Night at the iconic 'El Rancho' Hotel, Gallup, NM

New Hotels for 2026 include;

  • Holiday Inn Hotel, Amarillo, TX

  • Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV incl. Free Parking

Also

  • Complimentary Breakfast is now included in all hotels except, 2nd Night in Chicago, Gallup, Monument Valley Grand Canyon & Las Vegas

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Classic Route 66 - 100th Anniversary Tour

Transatlantic Flights - Due to the variety of flight requests we get for these tours, you have the option to book a flight inclusive package or a NON inclusive flight package. The later gives you the flexibility to choose which day you travel on, which airport you travel from and affords you the option to upgrade or utilise any air miles etc you may have. If you choose the flight inclusive package, flight costs are estimated and we reserve the right to implement a flight supplement once the flights are on sale. Flight inclusive packages are operated for Scenic Car Tours by our sister company Success Tours ATOL No. 5114

Flight Inclusive Package

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Package - Excluding Flights

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*Please note: All prices shown above are per person and based on 2 persons sharing a car and a twin/double room
Meal Basis -​ Accommodation on a Room Only Basis - some hotels may offer a limited complimentary buffet breakfast
Single Occupancy Supplement - £3900.00

LET US ARRANGE A BESPOKE ROUTE 66 TOUR FOR YOU

If you cannot make our set tour dates or if you would like to tweak the tour duration, give our R66 expert, James quote you for a tailor-made Route 66 Tour to suit you - Call James on 01732 879153

Other US Road Trips include

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ROUTE 66 - COAST TO COAST

FLORIDA TO SANTA MONICA

100th Anniversary Tour

33 Days - June & September 2026

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ROUTE 66 - EXPRESS TOUR

CHICAGO TO SANTA MONICA

100th Anniversary Tour

15 Days - September 2026

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