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  • Flagstaff

    Visitors from all over the world are attracted to the clean mountain air, year round outdoor recreation opportunities, historic town charm and Western legacy of pioneer ranchers, railroad builders and lumbermen.

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    • Walnut Canyon

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    • Lockett Meadow Pines

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    • Peaks & Sunflowers

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    Some of the west’s most beautiful countryside surrounds Flagstaff, from the Coconino National Forest to the San Francisco Peaks; and of course Grand Canyon National Park and the red rocks of Sedona are within easy driving distance.

    There are numerous self-guided or guided tours you can take of Flagstaff and the surrounding area almost all year round. During the winter months the mountains surrounding Flagstaff can enjoy as much as 100 inches of snow so it’s great for skiers and winter sports enthusiasts.

    During the summer months the climate is almost perfect with daytime temperatures in the mid 80’s and evening temperatures in the 50’s so it’s never too hot to enjoy the outdoor life of this charismatic western town.

    There’s a great choice of dining and microbreweries to suit all budgets and palates and for enthusiasts of Route 66, Flagstaff is a great place from which to explore some of the old landmarks of this famous route.

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    • Top Tip 1

      Arizona positively teems with National Parks, not least the Grand Canyon. If you're planning to visit a number of national parks, save money by purchasing a National Park Annual Pass for just $80 per vehicle (it’s US$25 to enter the Grand Canyon, for example).

    • Top Tip 2

      Take time out in Sedona to enjoy lunch by the creek at L'Auberge de Sedona. We can think of no better way to lose an afternoon!

    • Top Tip 3

      The sunsets in Arizona are incredible. See as many as you can, camera at the ready, champagne in hand!

    • Top Tip 4

      If you're driving from Scottsdale to the Grand Canyon, make sure you don't miss Oak Creek Canyon, just north of Sedona. The views are magnificent.

    • Top Tip 5

      The Arizona desert is beautiful all year round, but if you want to see it in full bloom, visit during the spring when it's a carpet of colour.

    • Top Tip 6

      If you're in Tucson during the summer and want to cool off, take a drive up Mount Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains. You'll ascend to 9,000ft and enjoy wonderful views and a perfect temperature.

    • Top Tip 7

      From Scottsdale, take the short 15-minute drive to Tempe Market Place for attractive shops in an outdoor setting, great water features, an open fireplace plus great places to eat. Go at the weekend for the bonus of some live bands. Fish lovers should eat at Kings Fish House.

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      There are many ways to see the Grand Canyon but the best way is to take a rafting trip along the Colorado River. These are available from half days to almost two week trips.

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      Take an early morning hot air balloon ride. It's well worth the early start to experience it and don't worry about heights. As strange as it may seem, you don't have that same sensation of height as you get standing on a tall building.

    • Top Tip 10

      In north-eastern Arizona, visit Canyon de Chelly (pronounced Shay) to see the spectacular red cliffs and some ancient Pueblo cliff dwellings that date back at least 700 years.

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  • Arizona Highlights

    Begins in Tucson, Arizona and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Arizona Landscape

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    • Cowboy

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    • Antelope Canyon

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    • Cattle

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    Day 01

    Arrive Tucson

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Tucson. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to Loews Ventana Canyon, your hotel for the first three nights.

    Hotel: Westward Look Resort

    Day 02 Day 03

    Tucson

    Tucson is a modern and cultural city with much to offer its visitors. Visit the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum, the Old Tucson Movie Studios, which has played host to many of Hollywood Westerns, and enjoy Tucson’s fabulous shopping and nightlife. Enjoy a leisurely drive to the Wild West town of Tombstone, nicknamed ‘The Town Too Tough to Die’, and see some of the most notorious streets of the old west. Your hotel has wonderful facilities so take some time to enjoy them.

    Hotel: Westward Look Resort

    135Mi/217Km

    Day 04 Day 05 Day 06

    Scottsdale

    It’s not only an easy, but also a wonderfully scenic drive to Scottsdale. This cosmopolitan city offers a whole host of recreational opportunities and boasts a beautiful Sonoran Desert setting. Your accommodation for the next three nights is at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess; with five swimming pools, two golf courses, tennis courts and the Willow Stream Spa, it is the perfect place to relax. Be sure to explore Scottsdale’s historic downtown, visit the many shops in Fashion Mall, and enjoy the experience of a lifetime with a hot air balloon expedition over the desert; showcasing breathtaking views and desert wildlife.

    Hotel: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

    120Mi/193Km

    Day 07 Day 08

    Sedona

    Travelling north today, the scenery changes from a desert landscape to the first views of the towering red rock mountains that surround Sedona. Although the Red Rock Scenic Byway is only 7.5 miles in length, it winds through the evergreen pinion-covered Coconino National Forest and is a spell-binding journey. Slide Rock, Red Rock and Dead Horse Ranch State Parks are all ideal for a wide range of recreational pursuits. A jeep tour is a great way to experience this picturesque red rock country, witnessing first hand its rugged nature. While in Sedona why not visit Sedona Heritage Museum, enjoy a spot of shopping or visit some of the local vineyards?

    Hotel: Enchantment Resort

    38Mi/61Km

    Day 09

    Flagstaff

    Following today’s short drive from Sedona, we suggest exploration of Flagstaff’s historic downtown, perhaps a visit to the Museum of Northern Arizona and to enjoy the abundance of recreational opportunities. For something different this evening, visit the Lowell Observatory for views of Jupiter, the Moon, star clusters and much more.

    Hotel: Little America Flagstaff

    78Mi/126Km

    Day 10 Day 11

    Grand Canyon

    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning as it’s just another short drive today to the magnificent Grand Canyon, with scenic views of the San Francisco Peaks en route. The Canyon can be explored on foot, by descending the slopes to the majestic Canyon floor or witnessing spectacular views from the Grand Canyon Skywalk; a clear walkway out over the rim. For the ultimate experience, get a bird’s eye view on an aerial flight by helicopter or fixed wing aircraft. Your accommodation for two nights is El Tovar; a National Historic Landmark with breathtaking views over the Canyon’s rim.

    Hotel: El Tovar

    277Mi/446Km

    Day 12 Day 13 Day 14

    Las Vegas

    Changing natural scenery for the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, today takes you to the Entertainment Capital of the World. There is nowhere on earth like it. See the pirate battle at ti Treasure Island, the volcano erupt at The Mirage and the dancing fountains at Bellagio, or enjoy one of the many theatre shows from Cirque de Soleil performances to singers, comedians and magicians. Test your luck in the opulent casinos, enjoy fine cuisines from around the world, and relax in the Nevada sunshine by the glistening pool.

    Hotel: Wynn Las Vegas

    Day 15

    Journey home

    Time for some last minute sightseeing or shopping before making your way to Las Vegas Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2055 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Route 66

    Begins in Chicago, Illinois and ends in Los Angeles, California

    23 Days / 22 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation.
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book

    Itinerary 2
    Duration: 15 days / 14 nights
    Starts Chicago and ends Albuquerque

    Itinerary 3
    Duration: 15 days / 14 nights
    Starts Oklahoma City and ends Los Angeles 

    One of the most renowned driving routes in the world, historic Route 66 spans across North America, from Chicago in the east to Los Angeles in the west. Covering over 2,000 miles, it takes three weeks or longer to complete the journey in its entirety so we have created three options to choose from: the entire journey (Chicago to Los Angeles); Chicago to Albuquerque or Oklahoma City to Los Angeles. The journeys shown are based on car rental, however motorbikes or motorhomes can be substituted should you prefer them.

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    • Gas Station on Route 66

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    • Giant Bottle on Route 66

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    Day 01 Day 02 Day 03

    Arrive Chicago

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Chicago. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel. Chicago is one of the most popular US cities and it’s easy to see why. A myriad of attractions and the fabled ‘Magnificent Mile’ of shopping keep its visitors entertained and the cultural mix provides for fabulous dining options too.

    Hotel: Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel

    202Mi/325Km

    Day 04

    Springfield

    Make your way to Jackson Boulevard at Lake Shore Drive this morning, considered the official starting place of Route 66. Stop at the Route 66 Welcome Centre in Joliet, see a 28-foot-tall spaceman in Wilmington and have a bite to eat at the Cozy Dog Drive-In in Springfield before arriving at your hotel.

    Hotel: President Abraham Lincoln DoubleTree, Springfield

    96Mi/155Km

    Day 05 Day 06

    St. Louis

    Have lunch at the Ariston Café in Litchfield, which is one of the oldest restaurants on Route 66. Stop at Henry’s Rabbit Ranch where a replica of a vintage gas station and displays of highway memorabilia can be found, and make a slight detour to walk across the old Chain of Rocks Bridge in Madison, the longest pedestrian bridge in the world.

    Hotel: St Louis Union Station DoubleTree

    289Mi/465Km

    Day 07

    Springfield

    Leaving the Mississippi River behind today, you’ll travel through the picturesque Ozark Mountains towards the small city of Springfield, Missouri. A stop at the Meramec Caverns near Stanton is a must.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by HIlton Springfield

    113Mi/182Km

    Day 08

    Tulsa

    You’ll cross three states today; you’ll leave Missouri, briefly drive through Kansas and arrive in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Along the way, stop at the ‘4 Women on The Route’ restored gas station in Galena, cross the Rainbow Curve Bridge in Baxter Springs, visit the Route 66 Packard Museum in Afton, see the world’s largest Totem Pole in Foyil and peruse the giant Blue Whale in Catoosa.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton, Tulsa

    107Mi/173Km

    Day 09

    Oklahoma City

    It’s a short drive today past the Cherokee Outlet towards Oklahoma City. Walk around the Oklahoma City Zoo or botanical gardens and visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

    Hotel: Sheraton Oklahoma Downtown

    260Mi/419Km

    Day 10

    Amarillo

    Today’s drive brings you into the cowboy state of Texas. Stop en route at the entertaining Sand Hills Curiosity Shop in Erick, visit the U-Drop Inn in Shamrock, the Devil’s Rope Barbed Wire Museum in McLean, the leaning water tower in Groom and the VW Slug Bug Ranch in Conway, where five VW Beetles are buried nose-down in the ground.

    Hotel: Courtyard Amarillo Downtown

    279Mi/449Km

    Day 11 Day 12

    Santa Fe

    Briefly taking the I-40 which replaced the old Route 66, you’ll witness ghost towns which were once thriving when Route 66 was a major highway. Stop at the Midpoint Café in Adrian, which marks the midpoint of the old Route 66, equidistantly 1139 miles from Los Angeles and Chicago. We have allowed a full day in Santa Fe, which is America’s oldest state capital, to relax and explore.

    Hotel: Inn & Spa at Loretto

    61Mi/98Km

    Day 13 Day 14

    Albuquerque

    It’s a short but scenic journey to Albuquerque, so why not venture off the freeway along the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway? You’ll enjoy breathtaking views from atop Sandia Crest, and pass through the mining towns of Los Cerrillos, Madrid and Golden. Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and is full of exciting attractions such as the historic downtown and city zoo.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Albuquerque

    140Mi/226Km

    Day 15

    Gallup

    Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the 66 Diner on Central Avenue before getting back on the road. Stop at Grants, where some of the historic Route 66 motels and shops still exist, before arriving in the old railroad town of Gallup on the western edge of New Mexico. Visit the historic El Rancho Hotel and drive down motel row, which sparkles with vintage neon motel signs.

    Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Gallup

    186Mi/299Km

    Day 16 Day 17

    Flagstaff

    Crossing the border into Arizona, today’s drive promises some great sights. Stop at the Petrified Forest; the only National Park to contain a section of historic Route 66, pass through the ghost town of Two Guns, stop for a photo in Winslow and visit the Meteor Crater. In Flagstaff, we recommend you take time to explore the historic downtown area.

    Hotel: Little America Hotel, Flagstaff

    167Mi/269Km

    Day 18

    Kingman

    Back on the road, you’ll enjoy stops in Williams, where the Grand Canyon Railroad takes passengers to the Grand Canyon, and Seligman, which is rich in Route 66 nostalgia including the famous Snow Cap Drive-In. Kingman is home to the Route 66 Museum, as well as many scenic walking trails.

    Hotel: Best Western Plus, A Wayfarer's Inn

    207Mi/333Km

    Day 19

    Barstow

    Leaving Arizona behind, you cross the magnificent Mojave Desert en route towards California - which is the last state on the Route 66 journey. We suggest a stop at the small Wild West-style town of Oatman, where gift shops, saloon bars and live shows are sure to entertain, before crossing the Colorado River and arriving in California.

    Hotel: Best Western Plus Desert Villa Inn

    131Mi/211Km

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    Santa Monica

    There is plenty to see on the final stretch of Route 66. Stop at the Route 66 Museum in Victorville, see the Wigwam Motel and the McDonald’s Restaurant Museum in San Bernardino and enjoy a fresh orange juice at Bono’s Big Orange in Fontana. You’ll drive through West Hollywood and Beverly Hills before reaching Santa Monica Pier, the official end of Route 66! We have allowed a three night stay in Santa Monica for you to relax and enjoy the many attractions of Los Angeles.

    Hotel: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

    13Mi/21Km

    Day 23

    Journey home

    Take the short drive to Los Angeles Airport, return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    Itinerary 1
    From £2949 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Itinerary 2 & 3
    From £1675 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of the route involved and locations visited, some hotels featured are tourist class only. Should you wish to stay in higher graded properties please let us know and we will amend the route accordingly. One way drop off fees are applicable on these routes and are payable locally.

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