Chicago to Los Angeles tour along Route 66

“A two week, small group tour along the iconic route 66, stopping at some wonderful sites through eight states along the way. Starts in Chicago, finishes in LA. ”

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Road trip on Route 66 | Chicago | Springfield | St Louis | Oklahoma City | Amarillo | Albuquerque | El Morro National Monument | Grand Canyon National Park | Las Vegas | Los Angeles

Description of Chicago to Los Angeles tour along Route 66

This two week holiday is on many a traveller’s wishlist, travelling between Chicago and Los Angeles on the iconic Route 66. This is still the ultimate American road trip, as we travel through eight states, enjoying some outdoor adventures but also the culture that is forever immortalised on this route through folklore, film and music.

Route 66 has the nickname ‘America’s Main Street’ as it was the first main highway to link Chicago with the western states. Starting in Chicago, great cultural moments along the way include hearing music in St. Louis, visiting Lincoln Home National Historic Site in the President’s native home of Springfield, the Route 66 Museum in, not just on the way to but actually in Amarillo, and take a spray can to do graffiti on a Cadillac at the famous Cadillac Park in Albuquerque. Yes, welcome to America folks.

The natural wonders of America are omnipresent on this vast route also, the highlight being Grand Canyon National Park which you will visit, hike through and lose your breath in wonder at, at the end of your trip. Followed by one more stretch on Route 66 to Las Vegas and then last stop Los Angeles. With one final farewell sipping sunset drinks on Santa Monica Pier.

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Responsible tourism: Chicago to Los Angeles tour along Route 66

We are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit both the places and communities we visit as well as our travellers. It is important for us all to be aware of the delicate balance that exists in the variety of natural wonders you will visit. National Parks and monuments, archaeological sites and other sensitive areas should and must be treated with respect.

We have created a 'Travellers' Code of Conduct' to help prepare and inform our groups of the various positive or negative effects they could have on a destination. The code includes tips on everything from handling wildlife encounters to how you can help to conserve precious natural resources. Our tour leaders will explain this code of conduct during the first night’s orientation talk and encourage you to follow it throughout the tour.

Safety viewing glasses will be provided to all travellers and spares will be on hand. Your tour leader will ensure a leave no trace policy is enforced.

This code includes following the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic, this is an international campaign that is designed to help us minimise the impact on the National Parks and other wilderness areas that we visit. Some key guidelines we follow include keeping to existing trails, staying in official campgrounds and disposing of all waste responsibly and recycling whatever we can.

We are proud supporters of Bay Area Wilderness Training (www.bawt.org) a charity based in Oakland California which works to connect disadvantaged children in the local urban area with the great outdoors. Their work helps to provide these young people with life changing experiences which they can
apply to everyday life. Everyone booking with Grand American Adventures has the option to donate £1/$1/€1 to support this well-deserved charity and we will match this donation.

Whenever possible, we use local accommodation and activity providers. We also shop locally for groceries, eat in small family-run restaurants and visit local shops whenever possible. This all brings economic benefit to the local communities that we visit.

In 1938 Route 66 became the first paved highway linking the USA from east to west. It was a powerful and iconic symbol of the great American road trip. Creation of the Interstate and bypass signalled the decline of businesses and towns along the Route 66. This tour invests a significant amount of time and money utilising services and businesses to keep this historic stretch of road from crumbling into the past.

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