Join us for the ultimate American road trip on U.S. Highway 66 - popularly known as Route 66 or the Mother Road. Travel back in time as we visit historic places that evoke images of simpler times, mom and pop businesses and the icons of a mobile nation on the road. From St Louis to Santa Monica Pier, travel this famous road and see the well-preserved motels, diners, gas stations and roadside attractions of a bygone era.
- The Blue Whale of Cartoosa
- National Route 66 Museum
- Cadillac Ranch
- Amarillo guided tour
- Petrified Forest National Park
- Grand Canyon Caverns
- Mother Road Museum
- Iconic photo opportunities
- Santa Monica Pier
DAY 1: JOPLIN, MO
Our journey on the Main Street of America stops at the Rt 66 Rocker (formerly the World’s Largest Rocking Chair) in Cuba, MO. After a visit to the 163-foot-wide waterfall at Grand Falls, arrive in Joplin for a guided tour of the town’s history, Route 66 Mural Park, and infamous outlaws Bonnie & Clyde’s hideout apartment. Overnight in Joplin. D
DAY 2: OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
Continue into Oklahoma for a day filled with more classic Route 66 roadside attractions. Stop in Chelsea to marvel at the World’ Largest Concrete Totem Pole. Stop in Chandler to visit the Rt 66 Interpretive Center featuring artwork and memorabilia that showcases the beauty of Rt 66. Learn about the life of humorist Will Rogers visiting his memorial museum in Claremore. Take photos of the famed roadside wonder, The Blue Whale of Cartoosa and the Old Round Barn in Arcadia before arriving in Oklahoma City for dinner and overnight stay. B, D
DAY 3: AMARILLO, TX
Capture the spirit of Route 66 at the National Route 66 Museum, the ultimate way to experience our nation’s most revered highway. Stop in Shamrock, TX to visit the U-Drop-Inn Café before learning about the history of barb wire at the Devil’s Rope Museum in McLean. Join a local guide for a tour of Amarillo, including the must-stop at Cadillac Ranch to see 10 Cadillacs buried nose down and covered in spray paint graffiti! Enjoy an overnight stay and cowboy steak dinner at the Big Texan Motel. B, D
DAY 4: GALLUP, NM
You’ve reached the halfway point of Route 66! Stop in Adrian, TX for a photo at the iconic mid-point sign before continuing along the Mother Road to Albuquerque, NM. Enjoy a classic 50s-stye blue plate special lunch at the 66 Diner, complete with their famous milkshake. Explore the history of racing during a guided tour at the Unser Racing Museum. Unpack for a 2-night stay at the historic El Rancho Hotel, which served as home base to movie stars who came to the desert for their films. B, L
DAY 5: PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK
Spend the day exploring the Petrified Forest National Park, the world’s largest and most colorful collection of petrified wood, dating back 225 million years ago. Part of a natural travel corridor used for over 10,00 years, historic Rt 66 is its most famous road! After a stop at the Painted Desert Visitor Center and lunch on-your-own at the Painted Desert Diner, head out for a scenic drive through the park’s 28 miles, enjoying breathtaking views of the park’s Painted Desert vistas and colorful badlands. B, D
DAY 6: KINGMAN, AZ
Our tour continues west to Arizona, home to the longest original stretch of Route 66. Photo stops at the classic Jack Rabbit Trading Post and “Standing on the Corner in Winslow Arizona” before another diner-style lunch at Cruiser’s Route 66 Café. Did you know that hidden within the Grand Canyon are an estimated 1,000 caves? Take the Grand Canyon Caverns exploration elevator 21 stories undergrounds to explore the largest dry caverns in the United States during an optional guided walking tour (additional cost). Visit the inspiration for the Pixar movie Cars, Peach Springs, before an overnight stay at the Route 66-themed Ramada Kingman in Kingman, AZ. B, L
DAY 7: LAS VEGAS
Explore Arizona’s Route 66 Museum, located on Andy Divine Road in historic Powerhouse before it’s full speed ahead to glittering Las Vegas. Visit the Hoover Dam before leisure time to explore the Strip. Take a group photo at the iconic Welcome to Vegas sign before arriving for dinner and overnight stay at the four-star Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino. B, D
DAY 8: SANTA MONICA
Our last leg of our Rt 66 journey. In Barstow, visit the Mother Road Museum and Murals. Snap a picture at the official “End of the Trail” sign and visit the Last Stop Shop on iconic Santa Monica Pier. Enjoy breathtaking views, ocean breezes and amusement park fun! Overnight in Los Angeles. B, D
DAY 9: RETURN HOME
Fly home. B
- Departure: June 22, 2023 - SOLD OUT
- Return: June 30, 2023 - SOLD OUT
- Double: $2499
- Tpl/quad: $2269
- Single: $2999
*Per person rates
Make sure you have comfortable shoes! This tour requires a lot of walking.
Orange luggage tags are provided and are to be placed on your “checked luggage” (large bag). You do not need a tag for your carry-on bag, for which you will be responsible for taking on and off the coach. There is limited space in the cabin of the coach, so unless you require your carry-on bag while traveling, we will stow it in the luggage compartment.
On the first and last nights of this tour, you are welcome to pack your carry-on bag with essentials that would enable us to leave your “checked bag” on the coach. This will facilitate faster check-in and luggage delivery. This is not a requirement, merely a suggestion; we will deliver your “checked bag” to your room on the first and last night if you desire, just like every other night of the tour.
Each reservation requires a $250 per person deposit planning fee (exceptions may apply) to be credited toward your final payment. Some or all of your deposit may be non-refundable per our cancellation schedule noted in these Terms & Conditions below. We are happy to accept cash, check (preferred) or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) for your deposit.
Throughout 2021 we limited capacity on all our tours. This policy was so overwhelmingly popular by Sunrise travelers, we have made it permanent. In 2022 and beyond, we will limit the capacity on our motorcoaches to 80%. Most Sunrise Tours travel on 50-seat coaches with extra legroom, which means guests will enjoy extra legroom AND at least 6-8 empty seats. In the rare cases when we charter a 55-seat coach, there will be at least 10 open seats on the bus.
Our popular on-board refreshment service on travel days will feature a variety of soda, beer, wine spritzers, juices and sparkling water choices served in recyclable aluminum cans. This is a safe and eco-conscious way for us to deliver the ever-popular Sunrise Tours “happy hour” on tour. We do not typically serve bottled water and ask that while on tour you be responsible for your own hydration and consider the Sunrise Tours drink service a welcome refreshment.
Terms and Conditions:
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