Best of Route 66 Patriot Tour
On this tour, we have gathered the absolute best driving routes and attractions in a spectacular 9-day tour. It’s an amazing journey on the world-famous, legendary, and historic U.S. Route 66, also known as “The Mother Road”. Route 66 has throughout history been the road for migrants, dreamers, desperadoes, and a whole generation of holidaymakers, who explored the road to the west. The 1950s were Route 66’s peak. Thousands of cars drove “bumper-to-bumper” to experience the western emigration route. Hotels, motels, and the “new America” grew up everywhere. Much of Route 66’s original roads, restaurants, gas stations, and nostalgic landmarks are preserved just as they were in the ’50s. Hence the famous and nostalgic Route 66 is heaven for motorcycle riding.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Santa Fe – Los Angeles|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 1 hour before tour start|
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“At Explorify Tours we believe that good experiences and camaraderie are at least as important as the tour. Our goal is to fill your tour bag with as many positive memories as possible, so you go home with a big smile on your face and with friends you didn’t have before you started your adventure tour.”
Day 1: Santa Fè
After months of waiting your departure day is finally here: Welcome to Santa Fe! After arriving in Santa Fe, meet us at the hotel reception, you will be greeted by one of our friendly tour guides. Note: Please note that the hotel does not allow check in until at 3PM (15:00). Also, if you fly in to Albuquerque (ABQ), there are bus & Uber options to get to Santa Fe.
When all tour participants have arrived, we meet for a welcome reception and refreshment, with the introduction of all tour participants and tour leaders. The evening’s program is getting to know each other. Those who are not tired after the long journey may go to a local bar nearby.
Day 9: Santa Fè - Gallup, Nm
(Driving day 1: 226 miles)
This is the day we start our Route 66 adventure!
When everyone is ready on their bikes, we start our ride on the 1.260 miles long Best of Route 66 tour. Santa Fe disappears behind us as we head west for a unique adventure full of history and fun.
We move out of cowboy country and into Indian native territory. It will be an eventful day as we drive through the land that Indians have lived on for centuries. We start by riding the small fun and curvy roads to Madrid, where the “Wild Hogs” movie with John Travolta was recorded. You can walk into the bar the guys sat in the movie and relax with a refreshing drink. Then we drive just outside Albuquerque to the Route 66 Casino, where we eat lunch.
We ride straight to Acoma Sky City, which is the Acoma Indians holy city, lying on top of a high “Mesa” (rock formation). We park outside the Acoma Museum, buy tickets, and take the bus up to the holy city (it is forbidden to walk up on your own). When we arrive at the top, we must stick together and close to the guide. There will also be plenty of opportunities to purchase handmade Native American art. We finish the day by driving to Gallup.
Day 3: Gallup - Williams, Az
(Driving day 1: 244 miles)
This will be a day of desert driving and unique nature. First, we ride in Navajo and Apache territory to Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert. Is it stone or wood? And is the sand painted? We drive through this wonderful nature reserve, which is a memory for life. We continue to Holbrook and Winslow, where we make a stop at the “corner”. Eagles fans know what “Standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona” means. We eat lunch in Winslow.
After our glucose recovery, we continue along Route 66 to Williams, which is one of the coolest destinations on Route 66. We will stay here for a fun night.
Day 4: Williams - Grand canyon - Tusayan, Az
(Driving day 3: 120 miles)
Welcome to the Grand Canyon! This day will for many be the highlight of the tour. We drive to the Grand Canyon helicopter base. Those who have ordered the helicopter tour will get an experience of a lifetime. To hover in the air over one of the seven wonders and experience this natural phenomenon up close is truly magical. Highly recommend! After the helicopter ride, we drive a short distance to the Visitor Center, where you have the chance to watch the world’s most viewed Imax movie. When you see the film it feels almost like standing inside the Grand Canyon. Thereafter, we ride into the Grand Canyon, where we take this year’s holiday photo! Note: Helicopter rides must be booked in advance.
We spend the rest of the day absorbing several breathtaking viewpoints inside Grand Canyon, and we will spend the night in Tusayan, where you can enjoy a spectacular Grand Canyon sunset. Today’s experience is for the history books!
Day 5: Grand Canyon - Kingman, Az
(Driving day 4: 182 miles)
We leave the magical wonders of the Grand Canyon, to continue our adventure on Route 66. We make a stop in Williams before we drive to little Seligman, which has one of the greatest advocates for Route 66’s origin. Seligman is a fun, cozy, and traditional Route 66 town, a lot of great photo opportunities. The rest of the day will consist of desert driving, very hot conditions, and wonderful scenery. We stop in Hackberry, a small traditional Route 66 gas station, full of history, like taken out of an old movie. We enjoy ice cream or cola in the shade. Then, we cruise to Kingman, another important city on the route.
Day 6: Kingman - Las Vegas, Ne
(Driving day 5: 143 miles)
We start the day with a spectacular drive to Oatman, an old western village in Mohave (county), which was established by two gold diggers in 1915. The driving distance to the Oatman consists of narrow curvy roads at different height levels, with mountain and desert landscapes. Ideal for filming, perhaps best opportunity on the tour. In Oatman, remember to lock your bikes, and watch out for donkeys & outlaws in the streets.
We continue on Route 66 before we drive straight to Las Vegas. Welcome to the city called “The adult playground” or “Sin City”. Vegas Baby! Have fun!
Day 7: Las Vegas - Big Bear Lake
(Driving day 6: 219 miles)
It will be a day of city-, highway- and desert driving, and it will get very hot. We eat breakfast and drive “the strip” before taking a group photo in front of the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign.
We head towards Los Angeles, stop at Calico Ghost Town, and eat lunch in Barstow. After lunch, we drive to the beautiful vacation resort Big Bear Lake, where we spend our last magical evening on the road.
Day 8: Big Bear Lake - Los Angeles, Ca
(Driving day 7: 154 miles)
We end our tour with a big bang. Today we will enjoy the magical roads and spectacular views on one of the US Best motorcycle roads; the Angeles Crest Highway (CA-2). It will be a breathtaking riding experience for the history books. Make sure to have your cameras ready and fully charged. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
We make several stops and take our time on Angels Crest Highway before we head towards Los Angeles. We return our bikes and check-in to the hotel before we drive to Santa Monica Pier, the end of Historic Route 66, and our Farewell party.
Day 9: Home travel
We check out of the hotel and grab a shuttle bus to the airport to return home. Thanks for a great Patriot ride, good times, and sincerely thank you for choosing to travel with Explorify. We will be happy to see you again as a participant in one of our other tours in the US, South America, Asia, Oceania, or Europe.
Note: This program is a guideline for activities and experiences on the tour. Deviations may occur, but we guarantee that our positive tour leaders will do their utmost to execute the program as described – as far as it is feasible and circumstances allow. We are continually working to improve the program, thus you may experience positive surprises.
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