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Route 66 West – Oklahoma City to Santa Monica


The western side of The Mother Road (a favorite Route 66 moniker) is more about wide open spaces and the people and places between them. It’s a journey to and through places you wouldn’t normally visit, absolutely one of life’s great USA travel adventures. Fly to Oklahoma City, fly home from Burbank. Take 10 days to cover 1,350 miles, an average of 135 miles a day.


The second half of your journey down The Mother Road is very different from the eastern side. The spaces are more wide open in the west. There are national parks and the little towns are further apart and have a different personality. For the first time, the western half of the trip features two 2-night stays, in Albquerque and Winslow.

In Albuquerque, having extra time allows us to drive down the length of the longest Route 66 Main Street in the country, and take a side trip to Santa Fe (which was on the original route of the old highway). In Winslow, you’ll want your picture “Standin’ on a Corner in Winslow, Arizona,” (like the lyric in the old Eagles song), and we’ll head out to Petrified Forest National Park, one of the most fascinating places in the country. Of course, the highlight of your Winslow stay, and perhaps your entire trip, is your time at La Posada, a restored Harvey House Hotel from the highway’s glory days. 

See the old Cadillacs “rear ends up” in Texas and eat at the famous Big Texan in Amarillo. Meet legendary Angel Delgadillo, the retired barber in Seligman, Arizona, who is the man most responsible for the preservation of the old highway. He’s 91 now and still going strong.

Finish at the pier in Santa Monica, but not before a plethora of SoCal “attractions” make their way into your Mother Road memories. You’ll have a chance to sleep in a tepee if you so desire; and see where General Patton prepared his troops for WWII.

Whether you choose only this half of the journey, or combine it with the eastern side, you will discover the heartbeat of our country. It’s the opportunity to learn how other people in other places live and what they think. It’s a slice of America you will never, ever forget.



Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Sacramento to Oklahoma City – Arrive late afternoon. Our favorite Italian restaurant in Oklahoma City is just a block from our hotel and its our dinner spot! Embassy Suites – 2 nights (D)

CapitalDay 2

Oklahoma City – Take a day to discover Oklahoma City, and travel a short distance on Route 66 west of town, to relive a little dust bowl days history. The famous Stockyards date back to the beginning of the old highway. The state capitol is worth a picture stop. The Cowboy Hall of Fame is also included. (FB,L)

Rare SteakDay 3

OKC to Amarillo – Small town museums about the highway are numerous along the route. We have selected a few we believe best represent the spirit of The Mother Road. The one in Elk City has replica buildings from the highway’s heyday. We’ll stop in Erick, just east of the Texas border. This tiny hamlet is the hometown of Roger Miller (remember King of the Road?). Browse his small museum. Dine tonight in a legendary highway eatery, The Big Texan, where they specialize in steaks (but offer other selections). Hampton Inn (FB,L,D)

Cadillac RanchDay 4

Amarillo to Albuquerque – Just outside town is the famous Cadillac Ranch. The perfect highway landmark, a bunch of old caddies with their rear ends sticking out of the ground. See the ghost town that straddles the Texas – New Mexico border, discover the murals of Tucumcari (lunch) and check out a classic old gift shop. The day’s travels end in Albuquerque. Marriott – 2 nights (B,L)

Old TownDay 5

Santa Fe – A brief side trip to Santa Fe, which was on the original route, gives you time to shop in front of the Palace of the Governors and enjoy lunch at your leisure. Back in Albuquerque, the itinerary features Old Town, the Turquoise Museum and a cruise down Central Avenue at dusk, which includes dinner in an old style diner and malts or milk shakes! (FB,D)

Sky City Cultural CenterDay 6

Albuquerque to Gallup – Today, you leave the old road to visit Acoma Pueblo, a step back in time. Known as Sky City, it was inhabited as early as 1150. Tonight, stay at the El Rancho Hotel, a true Route 66 landmark. The home of many a movie star while taping old westerns in the area in the 30’s and 40’s (their names are on the doors of your rooms – John Wayne, Burt Lancaster, Doris Day, dozens more), it is on the National Register of Historic Places. (FB,L)

Winslow ArizonaDay 7

Gallup to Winslow, AZ – Petrified Forest National Park straddles the old road, and we will stop to explore the park and learn the story of the logs turned to stone. In Holbrook, make a picture stop at the first of two Wigwam Hotels. Our accommodations in Winslow (made famous by The Eagles song, “Standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona…”) are at La Posada. Once an old Harvey House Hotel which serves the railroad, today it is a beautifully-restored accommodation/ restaurant/museum. Tonight, you will dine in the Turquoise Room, one of Arizona’s most renowned restaurants. (FB,L,D)

Day 8

Winslow to Kingman – Tour La Posada after breakfast and take a minute to get your picture taken “standin’ on a corner.” In Seligman, you will meet a Route 66 institution, 91 year old Angel Delgadillo, known as the man who saved Route 66. Meet Angel, hear his story, visit the world’s most interesting drive-in lunch counter. The longest continuous stretch of The Mother Road is up for the afternoon. Springhill Suites by Marriott (FB,L,D)

DesertDay 9

Kingman to Ontario – The original route through the mountains is not accessible to a motorcoach (and really not even to an auto), so we leave the highway and take a more modern route in Oatman. Carol Lombard and Clark Gable spent their honeymoon night here, and the old miners left behind burros whose decedents still roam the town. Some people think Oatman is the most unique spot in these United States. Outside of Barstow is John’s Bottle Ranch, another spectacular example of funky roadside attractions that make traveling Route 66 so much fun. Tonight, your final dinner in a classic highway landmark restaurant. Doubletree Hotel (B,L,D)

Santa MonicaDay 10

Ontario to Santa Monica to Sacramento – The final leg to the coast takes you through Pasadena and down Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. We dine on the pier and mark the end of our travels with a picture at the Will Rogers Highway Monument. (Another popular name for Route 66.) An early evening flight takes us home to Sacramento. (FB,L)

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options


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