Road Trip on Route 66
The historic Route 66 is a incredible 3,940 km stretch of highway that spans west from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California. The six states you pass through along the way feature iconic stops ranging from Lincoln’s Tomb in Springfield, Illinois to the Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. Often referred to as the “Main Street of America,” Route 66 paints a vivid picture of America’s complex history, and awakens an appreciation for the evolution the country has moved through since this famous highway opened in 1926.
Start your engine in Chicago and grab a deep dish pizza before heading for Springfield, Illinois, then continuing on to The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. In Springfield, Missouri you can take an imaginary flight in a Cobra helicopter at Ozark’s Air & Military Museum, before driving past the kitchy blue whale on your way through Oklahoma. When you reach Amarillo, Texas explore Cadillac Ranch, then continue on past the volcanic fields on the far west side of Albuquerque, New Mexico. From there, an otherworldly hike awaits in Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park. When you reach Flagstaff, Arizona, Lowell Observatory is a must-see before you drive to Williams, Arizona and catch the Grand Canyon Railway, which takes you to the south rim of this famous canyon. After soaking in the awe-inspiring vistas of the Grand Canyon, visit the bright lights and endless entertainment in Las Vegas, before finishing up in Santa Monica, California, where you can celebrate with a spin on the Santa Monica Pier ferris wheel.
Your adventure begins at the O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, where you can rent a car and make the short 30-minute drive to the beginning of Route 66. It also happens to be a hub airport for American Airlines and United Airlines, with flights coming in from major cities all over the world. Whether you fly in from from Atlanta, Toronto, Dublin or Paris you will be able to fly directly to this airport and then take a free shuttle bus to your rental car kiosk. When your road trip has come to an end, return your rental at the Los Angeles International Airport location in Los Angeles, California and take a complimentary shuttle bus to your departing terminal. This is the fourth busiest airport in the world, so you should have no trouble getting a flight home.