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  • Oklahoma

    Oklahoma City Tulsa

    Oklahoma is home to more Native American tribes than any other state except California! Visitors will find Native American art galleries, museums, historic sites, pow wows, dances and festivals.

    • Land Run Statue

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    • Route 66 Museum

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    • Bricktown Walkway, Oklahoma City

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    • Rodeo

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    • Oklahoma City National Memorial

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    There are also events which pay homage to the cowboys of history, with more than 100 rodeos taking place in the state each year. The modern-day cowboys compete in calf-roping, steer-wrestling and bull-riding events. The state also has a strong African-American heritage, leading back from when Oklahoma was used to escape slavery and oppression.

    The flat, fertile land of the central region is only one part of Oklahoma's diverse terrain. In the east, the prairies give way to rugged mountains and dense forests. This region, today a favourite of thrill-seeking rappellers, hikers and equestrians, was once a favourite of outlaws. Robbers Cave State Park served as a hideout notorious fugitives such as Jesse James and Belle Starr. The Broken Bow area is also popular with outdoorsmen, renowned for its fly-fishing and boating opportunities. In the north, the grasslands shift again into one of Oklahoma's most intriguing natural wonders, the Great Salt Plains, literally an 8,690-acre sea of salt, and in the west lie the Beaver Dunes, where adventurous visitors can rev up dune buggies or ATVs and race down sandy slopes.

    It may be hard not to assume that the farm-life images of the musical Oklahoma are true for the entire state. However, while Oklahoma as a whole tends to be conservative and inspires nostalgia for a simple slower pace of life, sophistication is not precluded. The vision and sensitivity with which the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum were established, in honour of those who died in the 1995 bombing, attest to this. So do the state's well-preserved architectural gems; remnants of the Oklahoma oil boom of the 1920s and 1930s, which include the Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville, the only completed skyscraper designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Art Deco buildings of Tulsa.

    Oklahoma is also home to the longest driveable stretch of the historic Route 66 with nearly 400 miles of ‘America’s Main Street’. Visitors will find landmarks in roadside architecture, including the Blue Whale and Totem Pole Park, on this original highway to the West

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  • Route 66

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

    23 Days / 22 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    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.

    Alternative Durations

    Should you not have a full 23 days available to do the full length of Route 66, then we can offer shorter duration trips for you to enjoy 'the mother road'. Please see details below:

    Duration: 15 days / 14 nights 

    Starts Chicago and ends Albuquerque

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    Starts Oklahoma City and ends Los Angeles 

    • Route 66 Museum

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    • Gas Station on Route 66

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    • Giant Bottle on Route 66

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

    Alternative Durations

    Duration: 15 days / 14 nights 

    Starts Chicago and ends Albuquerque

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    Starts Oklahoma City and ends Los Angeles 

    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.

    Cowboy Days & Indian Ways

    Begins in and ends in Kansas City, Kansas

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation.
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Oklahoma City

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    • Old Cowtown Museum, Wichita

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    • Red Earth Pow Wow Dancer

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    • Sunflower Field

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    • Haskell Cultural Center, Lawrence

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    • Moore Ranch Longhorns

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    • River City Brewing, Wichita

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    Arrive Kansas City

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Kansas City. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and take the short drive to Lawrence, where you are based for the first two nights of your stay.

    Hotel: The Eldridge

    43Mi/69Km

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    Lawrence

    Playing a crucial role in Kansas’ history, Lawrence is a thriving and unique town. Visit one of the four great museums, stroll the boutique shops or take a drive out of town to Fort Leavenworth, built to protect the Permanent Indian Frontier, the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails. Alternatively try the 172 acre National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame at Bonner Springs.

    Hotel: The Eldridge

    97Mi/160Km

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    Cottonwood Falls

    Depart Lawrence for the beautiful Flint Hills as you travel south to Cottonwood Falls. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve showcases the tallgrass prairie ecosystem; perhaps take the seven mile bus tour where narrative is offered. On your second day, why not take the Overland Wagon Tour, a western adventure highlighting the pioneers of the 1840’s and 1850’s?

    Hotel: Grand Central Hotel

    121Mi/194Km

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    Salina

    This morning head north on the Flint Hills Scenic Byway to Council Grove, which is designated a National Historic Landmark. En route, make a stop at Lindsborg, filled with unique shops, museums and art galleries. Discover Abilene’s history at the Dickinson County Historical Museum. On your second day, we suggest a circle day trip. First visit Kansas Safari at Rolling Hills Zoo, then head west to Ellsworth, renowned as the ‘wickedest cow town in the west’! The spirit of the Old West is still alive at Drover’s Mercantile, featuring 1870s style clothing. Next take the 16 mile Post Rock Scenic Byway, winding through the beautiful Smoky Hills.

    Hotel: Courtyard Salina Marriott

    81Mi/130Km

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    Wichita

    Today your journey takes you south to the largest city in Kansas. Wichita is located at the point where the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers join together and was named for The Wichita Indians. A dozen museums are scattered throughout the city, or, if you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors you’ll enjoy the 136 municipal parks which cover almost 3,000 acres of the city. Beautifully landscaped, many offer walking and biking trails.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Wichita

    161Mi/258Km

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    Oklahoma City

    Make an early start to Oklahoma City as there is plenty to keep you entertained. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum features art from the finest contemporary artists in the nation, as well as botanical and natural gardens, a turn of the century western town and American Cowboy and American Rodeo Galleries. On your second day Oklahoma City’s stockyards, the largest feeder cattle market in the world, is a must see.

    Hotel: Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel

    106Mi/171Km

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    Tulsa

    Today travel the ‘Main Street of America’ Route 66 to Tulsa. Quaint roadside diners, old fashioned service stations and eclectic shops line the route. You may wish to take a day to visit Tahlequah, the end of the Trail of Tears for the eastern Cherokees and the capital of the Cherokee Nation. Visit the Cherokee Heritage Centre and the National Museum and Murrell Home, the only remaining Antebellum Plantation home in Oklahoma. Perhaps call at Fort Gibson en route back to Tulsa, the first army post in the Indian Territory. Once the oil-producing capital of the nation, Tulsa is both an affluent and pretty city. Stroll Cherry Street and the historic shopping district in the heart of town.

    Hotel: The Mayo Hotel

    233Mi/374Km

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    Overland Park

    Your final full day takes you back along Route 66, along the historic Frontier Military Scenic Byway to Fort Scott National Historic Site, a restored 1842 frontier military fort. Before arriving in Overland Park you may choose to visit Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site.

    Hotel: Sheraton Overland Park Hotel

    28Mi/45Km

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    Journey Home

    Enjoy your last morning in Overland Park before making the short journey back to Kansas City Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2235 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.