The famous Mainstreet of America is 2400 miles long and goes from Chicago to Los Angeles. The US 66 crosses 3 time zone's and 8 States.
We offer 2 week and 3 weeks guided Harley tours. Of course you can ride the Route 66 on your own...at any date. We make sure there is a bike waiting for you in Chicago or Los Angeles) and...if you wish we also arrange the accommodations along the road.
About the Route 66... From Chicago to Los Angeles the US 66 passes three times zones and eight states Historically the Route 66 is from 1926, and pioneers of the road already arranged in 1932 the road to be paved in Los Angeles. The glory days were after the war: in the fifties the cars rode bumper to bumper behind each other More and more motels, restaurants en gasstations were needed. There were many warning signs saying: Dont stick your elbow out too far, it might go home in another car. In the early fifties they started replacing parts of the Route 66 by Interstates. The Route 66 was first recognized in 1926 by the Highway Commission as one of the roads that formed the Highwaynet at that time. North - South Roads got odd numbers, East - West Roads even numbers. For a long time they tried to get the number 60 instead of 66, but in November 1926 the road was officially named as Route 66. The Road as a whole was never built, though. All the commission did was giving connecting roads the same number. That is why Route 66 goes through several villages and towns. In the passed years several bypasses have been built through big cities and other roads became a part of the Route. Although the Route 66 since 1984 officially no longer exists - They took all the US 66 signs down - about 90% of the road is still undamaged. In a few cases as an independent State Highway 66, or as a State Highway with a different number, in cities as business loops but mostly as a Service route along the Interstate. The still existing parts are for a part in bad shape, and for a part very well taken care of. The front roads are not always as important as they seem. The road can all of a sudden end with a sign: road ends. Thanks to the efforts of several Route 66 Associations more and more Historic Highway 66 and Old Highway 66 signs appear along the road.
Day 1- Arrival in Chicago, transfer to the hotel, partying in the Windy City, or.... go to bed early to prepare for the adventure which will start tomorrow. Chicago, IL.
Day 2 - 136 mi/218 km. Today well pick up the motorcycles and ride to the start of this world famous road. Since the World Exhibition of 1933 that is on the corner of Lake Shore Drive and East Jackson Grant. In Dwight on the Old 66 youll find the Carefree Motel and Marathon Oil Station, both from 1930. Theres also a Route 66 Service Center. Bloomington, IL.
Day 3 - 180 mi/288 km. Today were riding through the agricultural part of Illinois. A town where you definitely have to stop is McLean with the Dixie Truckers Home and the Route 66 Hall of Fame. In St. Louis is the Gateway Arch, a 192 m. high bow of steel to honor the pioneers who were searching for luck. The town of Lebanon is known as the Used Car Capital of the World. Everywhere along the Route youll see those old forties and fifties cars. We follow our way to Meramec Caverns. This is one of the most famous places of interest along the road, and has been since the early beginning of the Route 66. Stanton, MO
Day 4 and 5 - 195 mi/312 km. We make a 40 miles detour from Springfield to Branson. This town is now called the new Nashville. Tonight you can visit one of the many shows in this Music City. You have the whole day to explore the area. E.g. Lake Taneycomo: beaches and a Pirate Cruise are just two ideas of how to spend the day. An other thing you cant miss is Silver Dollar City. This is a town which has been rebuilt as a town of the eighties of last century. You can watch craftsmen working the way they did in the old days. Branson, MO.
Day 6 - 235 mi/376 km. Were going back to the Route 66, and follow our way through several Ghosttowns. In one of these towns, Rescue, are the Modern Cabins from 1940. At Joplin you cross the state border of Oklahoma. Following the telephone poles in the town of Baxter Springs, you will experience a very old part of the road and cross the Rainbow Bridge. One of the attractions is the Historical Museum. Through towns like Commerce, Miami and Catoosa youll arrive in the Oil Capital of the World. This town has experienced its growth this century, therefore the architecture is mainly in Art-Deco Style. Tulsa, OK
Day 7 - 120 mi/192 km. We are riding through hilly countryside, this used to be the huntingfield for Indians, and later the grounds of cattle farmers and outlaws. Oklahoma City is famous for it's National Cowboy Hall of Fame, where the cultural heritage of Buffalo Bill and John Wayne are honored. Oklahoma City, OK
Day 8 - 99 mi/159 km. Through El Reno to Bridgeport, where you can see an historical bridge over the South Canadian River. Well take a small detour to Anadarko, where the Indian City - USA is. In this museum you can see the rebuilt towns of the 7 tribes who were being chased away long ago. They show you the way they lived, their culture and habits. Clinton, OK
Day 9 - 175 mi/280 km. On to the last part of Oklahoma. In Elk City you can visit the Anadarko Basin Museum: the former Casa Grande Hotel. In Sayre the Court House is worth visiting;this building was used in the movie Grape of Wrath. The attraction in Texacola is a jail from 1910. In Shamrock they opened up the U Drop Inn Caf again. This day will be full of desolate areas. Amarillo, TX
Day 10 - 110 mi/176 km. You just have to visit the famous Cadillac Ranch. 10 Cadillacs, partly
buried in the ground, standing lonely in the field. In Clenrico youll find the First/Last Motel. The signs are old, some parts have disappeared. There is no through road left, just a dead end with parts of pavement and lots of weed. Tucumcari Tonight- 2000 Motel Rooms. A huge billboard introduces you to this town with its many motels. Among them is the Blue Swallow Motel, a popular object for photographers and mentioned in several Route 66 documentary. Tucumcari used to be a town with more bars than streetlights along the Route 66. Tucumcari, NM
Day 11+12 - 160 mi/256 km. In Santa Rosa youll find the well known Route 66 Club Caf from 1935. It's logo is the smiling face of a little fat guy. In the past you used to find this face on billboards in the area, to attract customers to the Club Caf. Unfortunately it has been closed since 1995. In Moriarity First Avenue has been named Old Route 66 again. Santa F is a city that hasnt lost his identity in its 400 years of existence. It is a beautiful place. Santa F, NM
Day 13 - 197mi/316 km. A short ride to Albuquerque with the World Longest Mainstreet, which is called Central Avenue here. It is 18 miles long an youll find a lot of motels and restaurants from the 1930s. Today well ride through and along Indian Reservations again. In Grant you can have lunch in Marias Diner or in the Golden 50s Caf. This Caf opened his doors in 1955 as the Uranium Caf. Gallup, NM
Day 14 - 185mi/296 km. Well visit a lot of famous Route 66 towns today. In Holbrook youll find a lot of interesting attractions, like the Wigwam Village from 1946 and Old 66 Trading Post. Youll spend the night at a hotel that opened up on New Years Day of 1927. In the passed years several famous people have stayed here, like Clark Gable and John Wayne. Flagstaff, AZ
Day 15 - 115 mi/184 km. From Flagstaff youll ride via Cameron and through the Painted Desert to East Rim Drive. This is a route with a fabulous view. At the beginning of the Grand Canyon is Desert View Point, that on your East offers you a great view of the Painted Desert. This is a very colorful rock desert On the Westside you have a great view of the Canyon, where you can enjoy a beautiful sunset. Natural forces created this Canyon, a process that still hasnt come to an end. Overnight: Grand Canyon, AZ.
Day 16 - 170 mi/272 km. The biggest attraction in Williams is the Grand Canyon Railroad. Seligman has the most famous barbershop on the route.Angel Delgadillo is one of the most well known preservers of the route. Peach Springs is a town in the Hualapai Indian Reservation where you can see a garage from 1927. You overnight at a hotel with a special Route 66 Dinner. Kingman, AZ.
Day 17+18 - 103 mi/165 km.Today you will ride on the impressive Hoover Dam, a huge dam that pushes the Colorado River to Lake Mead. The great measures will be explained in a guided tour. From Las Vegas it is possible to make several trips in the area, by airplane or helicopter. There is enough time to explore Las Vegas Island of Illusion. This is a famous gambling town. The casinos are definitely worth visiting, even if it was only for the decoration inside. Especially at nighttime Las Vegas shows you what Glitter and Glamour really is about. Las Vegas, NV
Day 19 - 298 mi/475 km. Well rise early today to return to Kingman and follow the Route 66. In Oatman, a scenic Ghostown, you can have a bite to eat at the Gold City Saloon and Restaurant and buy souvenirs at Fast Fannys. After that the Sitgreave Pass, to visit Eds Camp from 1919. Poor Oakies used to trade most of their few belongings to buy water, parts or gasoline. Eds Camp still exists, as a sort of open air museum. In Newberry youll find the Sidewinder Caf, location of Bagdad Caf. If you pay attention you may find the Route 66 sign on the pavement. Barstow, CA
Day 20 - 185 mi/196 km. Before were heading on to coast, we first visit Ghosttown Galico, a former mining town. Further on you lease ride through Mojave Desert along towns like Victorville, where you , besides the Outpost Wedding Chapel, also find the stuffed horse of Roy Rogers. In San Bernadino you can try a hamburger at the first (?) McDonalds of America. The end of the route is Santa Monica Pier. Santa Monica, CA
Day 21 - An extra day to spend on the beach or explore the city and the area. A visit to Universal Studios or Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is highly recommended! Los Angeles, CA.