Route 66 - Dream

Illinois, United States of America, Americas

Route 66 - the most famous road in the world, from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Since 1997 Reuthers is organising Motorcycle Tours on Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and Adventure Safari Bus Tours on and along the legendary "mother-road" Route 66 in the USA / America.

Start in Chicago. Eight US States are on our way to Santa Monica: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The End: The Pier of Santa Monica in Los Angeles.

Reuthers Route 66 motorcycle vacations with the cult motorcycles Harley-Davidson are very special and you will always remember this "once in a lifetime" experience and adventure.



Organised by Reuthers Motorcycle Tours

Route 66 - Dream


Itinerary

USA / America - Route 66
Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Tours
Dream - 15 Days

Route 66 - 15 Days

Route:
Chicago - Springfield / Illinois - St. Louis -
Springfield / Missouri - Oklahoma City -
Amarillo - Santa Fe - Gallup - Chinle -
Flagstaff - Seligman - Las Vegas - Barstow -
Coronado - Santa Monica

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Tuesday, Day 1
Chicago

Welcome Dinner in Chicago

Meet your fellow travellers and be our guest at a Welcome Drink and Dinner in the evening.

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Wednesday, Day 2
Chicago - Springfield/Il.

Gemini Giant in Wilmington

Early in the morning we pick up our Harley-Davidson Motorcycles at the rental office. After a final safety briefing we set off on the Interstate and local highway until the first Route 66 signs appear at Joliet. Our first break is at Launching Pad in Wilmington, one of last original restaurants left on Route 66.

Dixie Trucker Home in Mc Lean

We carry on to Mc Lean, where we stop at the Dixie Trucker Home, the highlight of the Illinois leg of the tour. We also visit the nearby Route 66 Hall of Fame, with its souvenir shop and restaurant. We end our first day on the road at Springfield, Illinois, for a long time the home town of Abraham Lincoln, the President of the US during the Civil War.

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Thursday, Day 3
Springfield/Il. - St. Louis

Gateway Arch in St. Louis


We head along Route 66 to the town of pioneers – St. Louis. The landmark of St. Louis is the Gateway Arch. You will have a wonderful lookout over the city from inside this, the nation’s highest monument (standing 192 m [630 feet] high).

Laclede’s Landing in St. Louis

The best starting point for a scenic tour is Laclede’s Landing. While here, you may wish to visit Hannegan’s, a restaurant and pub modelled after the US Senate dining hall where the best bands of the city perform on stage.

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Friday, Day 4
St. Louis - Springfield/Mo.

Maramec Caverns

From Day 4 onwards we ride on Route 66 and the Interstate. The highlight of today’s journey is the Meramec Caverns. These famous caverns used to be the hiding place of the outlaw, Jesse James, and have been a tourist attraction since the opening of Route 66.

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Saturday, Day 5
Springfield/Mo. - Oklahoma City

Gas Station on Route 66

Day 5 is a day of gentle cruising. We pass through Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma on Highway 66.

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Sunday, Day 6
Oklahoma City - Amarillo

Bridge over Canadian River

We start the day with a great photo opportunity at a bridge with 38 tremendous bows over the Canadian River.

Route 66 Museum Clinton, Oklahoma

We travel on to Clinton and the Route 66 Museum, where we meet Michael Wallis, a wonderful source of fascinating information on Route 66.

Cadillac Ranch Amarillo, Texas

On next stop is Amarillo, where we head west to the legendary Cadillac Ranch. Here you will see 10 Cadillacs buried upright and nose down in the dirt as a reminder of the golden days of Route 66.

Big Texan Steak Ranch Amarillo, Texas

We round the day off with a visit to The Big Texan steak ranch and spend the night in a typical American motel.

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Monday, Day 7
Amarillo - Santa Fe

Midpoint Cafe Adrian

The next day takes us from Amarillo to Adrian, where we stop for refreshments at the Midpoint Café. Not only is this a great café with excellent food, it also offers an assortment of native arts and crafts, antiques, and, of course, Route 66 souvenirs. Adrian is the halfway point between Chicago and Los Angeles.

Hotel St. Francis Santa Fe, New Mexico

We end our day in Santa Fe and check out the historic downtown area.

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Tuesday, Day 8
Santa Fe - Gallup

Maggie's Dinner in Madrid, New Mexico - movie location Wild Hogs

The ride continues south and the next sightseeing and fotostop is in Madrid, with its original location Maggie's Dinner from the cult movie "Wild Hogs" featuring John Travolta and Harley-Davidson motorcycles, of course...

Laguna Pueblo Mission Church

After lunch in Madrid we ride through arguably the most beautiful part of New Mexico. The gently winding road takes us through the local mesas, with their distinctive trees, to Laguna Pueblo, where we visit the mission church built by the Spaniards.

Hotel El Rancho Gallup, New Mexico

Just in time for dinner, we arrive at the El Rancho Hotel in Gallup. Although the glitter is gone today, this is where Hollywood stars once rubbed elbows. Room 103 was once occupied by Ronald Reagan, room 213 was Humphrey Bogart’s, room 109 was Doris Day’s, Kirk Douglas occupied room 105, and Gregory Peck was in room 111. The Marx Brothers lodged in room 118, John Wayne recovered from a long day’s ride in room 100 and for Hermann the German room 101 is prepared for the night.

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Wednesday, Day 9
Gallup - Chinle

Four Corners

After breakfast in the El Rancho Hotel we continue on former Route 666 in a northerly direction straight through Navajo country. After only 95 marvellous miles we reach Shiprock, then Teec Nos Pos, then the Four Corners – the only location in the USA where four States meet at one point: Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona.

Monument Valley

Another highlight on our Motorcycle Dream Tour: The Monument Valley, a truly unforgettable experience. We spend the night in the Navajo Reservation, in Chinle.

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Thursday, Day 10
Chinle - Flagstaff

Painted Dessert National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

From Chinle, our first leg of the day’s journey takes us through the Petrified Forest National Park and the Painted Desert. Both are spectacular sights.

Joe and Aggie's Cafe in Holbrock, Arizona

Moving on west, we stop for lunch in Holbrook, a typical Route 66 town. We particularly recommend Joe and Aggies Café where the house speciality is cheese enchiladas.

Standing on the corner in Winslow Arizona

Thoroughly strengthened, we depart for Winslow and then Meteor Crater. Meteor Crater was created almost 30 000 years ago when a meteor hit the Earth, leaving a crater 500 feet (152 m) deep and almost a mile wide. Today, the crater serves NASA as a training camp for astronauts.

Museum Club The Zoo, Flagstaff

In the afternoon we arrive in Flagstaff. We close the day with a visit to The Museum Club (nicknamed ‘The Zoo’), the most popular dance club between Oklahoma City and Los Angeles. Almost every night of the week great country music bands offer live entertainment.

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Friday, Day 11
Flagstaff - Seligman

Grand Canyon National Park

Day 11 is one of the highlights of our trip as we arrive at the Grand Canyon not long after breakfast. Those who wish may take a helicopter flight over the canyon.

Grand Canyon National Park

We continue our trip through Williams toward the Californian border. This unspoilt stretch of Route 66 follows the original Route and provides a unique sense of closeness to the surrounding land.

Angel Delgadillo Seligman, ArizonaAngel Delgadillo Seligman, Arizona

Upon our arrival in Seligman we pay a visit to the founder of the Historic Route 66 Association, which is located in the Route 66 Visitor Center. Hopefully we will have an opportunity to meet Angel Delgadillo, and some of you might end up in his barber chair for a close-up shave.

Seligman, Arizona

We spend the night in a typical Route 66 motel, experiencing the basics!

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Saturday, Day 12
Seligman - Las Vegas

Westside Lilo's Cafe Seligman, Arizona

After breakfast at Westside Lilo's Cafe, an original Route 66 restaurant, we travel on to Kingman. The next stretch of road leads us to the Hoover Dam, the world’s second largest dam.

Hoover Dam

This gigantic dam, holding back the Colorado River and creating Lake Mead, was built in the 1930s and is still a technical marvel. It stands 660 feet (201 m) tall and is almost 1200 feet (366 m) wide.

Harley-Davidson Cafe Las Vegas, Nevada

We now move on to Las Vegas and Las Vegas Boulevard. We stay at the legendary hotel The Mirage, the ideal place for visiting shows, walking on the Strip, or visiting the Harley-Davidson Café.

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Sunday, Day 13
Las Vegas - Barstow

Route 66 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Tours

Once again we ride down Las Vegas Boulevard before turning in the direction of Barstow. Just before Needles we pick up Route 66 again and follow what is commonly considered the most beautiful section of the route.

Roy's Cafe Amboy, California

We stop at the Sahara Oasis for refreshments, and again in Amboy at Roy’s Café.

Ghost Town Calico

If there is enough time left, we turn off the highway shortly before Barstow and ride into the Mojave Desert for a few miles to see the ghost town of Calico and the old silver mine. Now populated again and lovingly restored, Calico once housed over 1000 miners and adventurers searching for their luck. This beautiful stretch of Route 66 ends in Barstow, named after the owner of the Santa Fe Railroad Company and mentioned in the classic song ‘Get your kicks on route 66’.

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Monday, Day 14
Barstow - Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado Island, California

From Barstow we travel our last few miles on Route 66 to Victorville and then head south to San Diego and the Coronado peninsula with it's amazing Coronado Bridge and the famous Hotel Del Coronado (remember the movie "Some Like it Hot"). As one of the highlights on our tour we spend a relaxing afternoon and unforgetable night in one of the best hotels in the world.

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Tuesday, Day 15
Coronado - Santa Monica

Pier of Santa Monica, California

On our last day on the road we follow the Pacific coast, with its white beaches and picturesque cities, northward to Los Angeles. At Oceanside we leave the legendary Pacific Coast Highway 1 in favour of the Interstate, which will take us straight into Los Angeles. After returning the Harley-Davidson Motorcycles to the rental office we transfer by shuttle to Santa Monica Boulevard.

Will Rogers Route 66 Dedication Plaque in Santa Monica, California

Our motorcycle tour ends here on the last few miles of Route 66 at the Santa Monica Pier. In the evening we meet again for our Farewell Dinner and to reminisce our motorcycle tours adventure. JOIN US.

 

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