Join us as we trace the Mother Road from Chicago to Oklahoma City, connecting with the nostalgia of America’s coming of age as we wind our way through 4 states from Illinois to Oklahoma!
The theme of this trip goes much deeper than a 19-day road trip from Chicago to Santa Monica, California. Truly, it’s a connection with America, the way America was and the way America still is and can be.
This experience peels back digital layers of 21st century America and helps us rediscover our analog past. Route 66 represents a time when travelers drove through small towns instead of around them on freeways, when stoplights and 2-lane roads slowed the pace of travel enough for people to smile at one another and stop for a meal or a motel room.
This is a search for the soul of America, and, as always, walking is the best way to discover what is true and real and tangible. Walking is the ultimate way to slow down a journey that is all about a era when America moved at a slower and more connection-friendly pace.
Route 66 ~ Part 1:
Mother Road in the Heartland
- All land travel as outlined
- Tourist class or better hotel accommodations
- 10 meals: 8 breakfasts and 2 dinners as listed (BD)
- 7 walk routes
- Fees for 6 walk stamps for those collecting AVA credit
- 1 additional optional walk routes (Day 5)
- WAI guide service throughout
- Cultural and historical expertise of local guides at select points of interest
- All tipping for coach driver, local guides, and group meals
- Pricing is based on double occupancy. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $595. We provide a roommate matching service for those interested.
- Chicago Architecture Cruise
- Pontiac Museum Complex & trolley
- Abraham Lincoln Museum
- Lincoln Tomb
- Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
- Baxter Springs Heritage Museum
- Will Rogers Memorial Museum
- Route 66 Interpretive Center – Chandler, OK
- Oklahoma state capitol tour
- Countless Route 66 stops along the Mother Road
- Dinner and tour at Coleman Theater in Miami, Oklahoma (Day 7).
- Oklahoma City National Memorial (Day 9)