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A journey down Route 66 is like cutting yourself a slice of All-American Pie. You’ll discover people and places you didn’t know existed – like the murals that line the walls of Pontiac, IL and Cuba, MO; Ted Drewes Frozen Custard in St. Louis and the magnificent new Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield, IL. Meet published Route 66 authors and experts, roadies and characters like the “Four Ladies on the Road” in Galena, KS. If you love “off-the-beaten-track,” you’ve found your trip!

•2-night stays in Springfield, IL, and Miami, OK; and for the first time staying in the old highway towns of Pontiac, MI, and Miami (pronounced mi-am-ah)
•Meet the people of Route 66 – special guides, speakers and guests
•Including airfare and door-to-door pick-up if departing from Sacramento
•For our frequent travelers, 3400/3950 Gold Passport Points
•Featuring the services of a Sports Leisure Tour Director and 26 meals

  • Day 1

    Fri., Oct. 11 – Chicago: Depart from your home airport this morning, arriving in Chicago in early afternoon. Your first “roadie” experience is a stop for a meal at Del Rhea’s Chicken Basket on the edge of town.

    • Doubletree Oakbrook
    • Dinner is included this day.
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    Day 2

    Sat., Oct. 12 – Chicago to Springfield: Once in town, we’ll stop at the official beginning of the old highway at Adams and Michigan streets for photos. Then our adventure begins in earnest with breakfast at a Chicago landmark: Lou Mitchell’s funky breakfast counter (serving for nearly 80 years).

    Outside of Chicago, we get off the interstate and follow the old road, joined by Route 66 author John Weiss. Wind through Joliet to the small community of Odell (where we photograph a beautifully restored old service station), on to Dwight for lunch. View the memorabilia in the Route 66 Museum and the “walldogs” murals in Pontiac. See the traveling “homes” of Route 66 legend Bob Waldmire. Tonight you are special guests in Pontiac, with an evening reception and Route 66-style entertainment.

    • Best Western Pontiac
    • Full breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included this day.
  • Day 3

    Sun., Oct. 13 – John Weiss has made restoring Route 66 sites his life’s work. Today, John will show us an old jail, a giant robot and other unique attractions. Lincoln is the only city named for the future president before he held office. Learn the story. Stop in Broadwell to salute a 66 legend, Ernie Edwards of the Pig Hip Restaurant.

    • Hilton Springfield – 2 nights
    • Breakfast and lunch are included this day.
  • Day 4

    Mon., Oct. 14 – In the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln: The only home Lincoln ever owned is in a restored 19th century neighborhood of Springfield and you’ll tour it today. See the critically-acclaimed Lincoln Presidential Museum, then visit his grave site and other Lincoln landmarks in town.

    • Full breakfast and dinner are included this day.
  • Day 5

    Tues., Oct. 15 – Springfield to St. Louis: Our rural Illinois travels roll on after a tour of the original capitol building this morning. We stop to spruce up an old roadside statue before dining at the Litchfield Café, another highway landmark. In Mount Olive, hear the story and see the grave of Mother Jones and stop at one of the first Shell gas stations for a photo. At Cahokia Mounds, learn about a civilization in the Missouri River Valley from long ago; then walk over the Mississippi on the Chain of Rocks Bridge, once the route of old 66. Stay in downtown St. Louis, near the famous Gateway Arch.

    • Drury Plaza Hotel
    • Full breakfast and lunch are included this day.
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    Day 6

    Wed., Oct. 16 – St. Louis to Springfield, MO: The Meramec Caverns were opened to tourists in the 1930’s, just about the time Route 66 made traveling to them easier. In the late 1860’s, Jesse James used them as a natural hideout. The smooth path allows nearly all to explore. Then a must stop at a classic-example-of-an-era-gone-by-attraction, the Jesse James Museum.

    What follows is a marvelous stretch of The Mother Road, through Cuba (what beautiful murals) to Devil’s Elbow into Ozark Country. Lunch is at one of our favorite roadside retreats, the Missouri Hick BBQ in Cuba. Finish the day in Springfield, MO, where Route 66 was “born.” We’ll celebrate The Main Street of America tonight.

    • Doubletree Hotel
    • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included this day.
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    Day 7

    Thurs., Oct. 17 – Springfield to Miami: On the way to Carthage is a most interesting spot, Red Oak. This collection of buildings is practically a town… isn’t it? Who did this and why? The nearby town square in Carthage is a true jewel, sporting a majestic courthouse, an interesting Civil War Museum (one of the first battles was right in this area) and a wonderful old-time soda fountain that affords us time for lunch.

    Roll on through Joplin and into Kansas. The state is home to the shortest stretch of the old highway, just over 13 miles. In Galena, meet “Tow-Tator,” who bears an incredible likeness to a tow truck in the Disney movie Cars named “Tow-Mater.” In fact, this is the old truck that inspired the character! The “Four Ladies on the Road” stop is one to remember. You’ll want a photo at the state line (remember Kansas was a dry state for a looonnngg time). After a stop at the Galena Museum, we’ll leave the old highway and head to Miami.

    • Hampton Inn – 2 nights
    • Full breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included this day.
  • Day 8

    Fri., Oct. 18 – Mickey Mantle & The Coleman Theater: Back to the highway this morning… Tiny Riverton is along the 13-mile stretch of Route 66 which cuts through the corner of Kansas. Scott Nelson’s small store is a perfect place to stop and build our picnic lunches for later in the day, or find that special Mother Road souvenir.

    Passing into Oklahoma, we come to Commerce, the hometown of Mickey Mantle and we’ve arranged a tour of his boyhood home. Lunch is picnic-style at the ball field. Miami is the home of the Coleman Theatre, a small town’s successful attempt to save a 1929 landmark. Tonight, you’ll dine and enjoy a special show at the Coleman.

    • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included this day.
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    Day 9

    Sat., Oct. 19 – Will Rogers Country to Tulsa: In Foyil, find some most interesting cement totem poles. Visit the Will Rogers Memorial, a tribute to America’s famous humorist. Lunch is special, a treat not afforded just any traveler, as you’ll see. There’s even a picture stop at the legendary Blue Whale on the way to Tulsa.

    • Renaissance Hotel
    • Breakfast and lunch are included this day.
  • Day 10

    Sun., Oct. 20 – Tulsa to Oklahoma City: Passing Tulsa, we come to Stroud and stop for lunch at the Rock Café. There’s a great story here! Just up the road in Arcadia is the Round Barn. Built in 1898, the barn is being restored to its original grandeur. The small town of Chandler has built a one-of-a-kind visitor center to honor the old road and we’ll stop. At “Pops,” you can choose your own afternoon refreshment!

    • Embassy Suites
    • Full breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included this day.
  • Day 11

    Mon., Oct. 21 – Oklahoma City and Home: Plan to depart for home on a flight after 3pm today. One more wonderful stretch of Route 66 first however. Carol Jordan, our expert Oklahoma guide, tells the story of the Dust Bowl, how it changed the lives of those in its path and sent tens of thousands to the “promised land” in California. Laugh and learn a little before we return to Oklahoma City to depart.

    • Full breakfast and lunch are included this day.

24th Annual Spring Training in Arizona

Each spring the baseball fans in our midst make a pilgrimage to Arizona, where the “Boys of Summer” get ready for the season. We’ll catch a game every afternoon or evening, a total of 5 games in all. Generally, the Giants are the first priority and the A’s second. The schedules for the Cactus League in Spring Training are not finalized and announced until sometime in November/December, and those registered will be sent the schedule just as soon as it is finalized.

Each departure features Sunday Brunch at the Wrigley Mansion, and a dinner at Rustler’s Roost (a Sports Leisure tradition). The centrally located Marriott Hotel we call home provides a great buffet breakfast each morning. Tickets for the games are almost always located in the shade. You’ll see how important this tiny feature is once we get to Arizona and you see thousands of people unwilling to take their seats for the game because they are in the sun!

By registering early, you secure your space, guarantee your tickets and save a few dollars. We only purchase a few tickets over the number of people reserved when they become available, so those who wait risk getting shut out. Plus, this tour has sold out the last two years (hence the second departure this season). This is a “bucket list” item for many, and lots of fans repeat this trip on a regular basis. See you in Arizona!


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Two nights inside Denali National Park and the coastal town of Valdez

11 Days · 26 Meals

Your trip includes all accommodations, airfare from Sacramento*, all listed activities and the services of a Sports Leisure Tour Director

*If applicable. Not traveling from Sacramento? Not a problem, just give us a call.

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