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ROUTE 66  (CHICAGO - LA)
TOUR DETAILS

Destination:

United States of America

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Duration:

17 Days

Year:

2020

2021

Starts:

POSTPONED

       TBC

POSTPONED

Ends:

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Prices:

£3,995 p/p

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£5,995 p/p

Tour Overview 

This tour will take in much of Route 66’s history, original roads, restaurants, gas stations, and nostalgic landmarks that have...

 
Tour Itinerary (Click on the blue box for details of each days ride)
DAY 1
Arrival Day into Chicago
Miles: 000

Welcome to our day of preparation for the exciting Route 66 Motorcycle Tour. This once in a lifetime journey, with it’s unique riding experience, along the most famous two-lane highway in America, could change your life for the better.

Your opportunity to visit with new friends, the experience of a legendary road featured in many iconic films and television shows.

The sights and sounds of a history long forgotten by the modern age, along with the vastly diverse scenery of a landscape most have never seen, will remind us of days gone by. We are staying at the same hotel for two nights so there will be plenty of time to experience the beauty of this magnificent city.

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DAY 2
Visit to the Route 66 Begins sign in Chicago
Miles: 0
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Today will be your opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of Chicago including the famous Route 66 BEGIN sign and if you're brave enough you can step out into the glass box which hangs off the side of the Willis Tower! The group normally then tries the world famous Chicago deep pan pizza at Giordano's.

DAY 3
Chicago to Jacksonville
Miles: 211
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This is where your riding adventure starts, all the anticipation and build up to your Route 66 tour. Leaving Chicago all refreshed after your flight we head off through the town of Joliet with a visit to the Route 66 tour Museum.

From there we ride past the Gemini Giant (pictured in this image) at the entrance to Wilmington. For those who are up to it, we will call in at another Route 66 tour Museum in Pontiac before reaching the town of Jacksonville for the night.

DAY 4
Jacksonville to Cuba
Miles: 205
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Today we ride towards the town of St. Louis! Sticking to the 2 lane sections of the “Mother Road”. As we arrive into St. Louis, Missouri, you will not fail to notice the magnificent Gateway Arch. This gleaming, stainless steel structure welcomes you in style.

We will also visit the Chain of Rocks Bridge, the original bridge where Route 66 crossed the Mississippi River. St Louis rests along the banks of the Mississippi River and has some of the best restaurants in the country, there is live music playing everywhere and BBQ ribs are a specialty not be missed.

One of the attractions of the day is calling in to have your picture taken under a giant rocking chair that’s 46 feet tall was set up on old Route 66 four miles west of Cuba. It’s next to the Fanning U.S. 66 Outpost & General Store in the tiny settlement of Fanning.

From there we ride on to Cuba for the night where there are plenty of exceptional restaurants to eat dinner. The BBQ ribs are a specialty not to be missed.

DAY 5
Cuba to Joplin
Miles: 186
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Today we ride to the town of Joplin, MO. As we leave Cuba on old Route 66 we can start to enjoy the rolling Missouri countryside that makes this area such a beautiful and exhilarating place to ride. An early attraction for today is a ride over the “Devil’s Elbow Bridge” on the Big Piney River.

The rest of the day’s riding will weave along as much of Route 66, through Springfield before reaching Joplin for the night.

DAY 6
Joplin to Oklahoma City
Miles: 238
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Today is a great days riding as we head towards the “Windy City” of Oklahoma. Our first stop is just over the state line into Kansas to ride over the Marsh Arch Bridge. The riding is easy going as we head for lunch.

 

Following lunch we visit the famous Blue Whale which has become one of the most recognizable attractions on old Route 66 in Oklahoma. The Blue Whale and its pond became a favorite stop and swimming hole for both locals and travelers alike.

DAY 7
Oklahoma City to Amarillo
Miles: 310
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Today’s ride goes up a notch in terms of mileage. After breakfast we start riding towards Clinton to visit the Route 66 museum. This is a great place to purchase those all-important “Route 66” gifts. Feeling inspired by the memorabilia within the museum we mount our trusty steeds and ride off America’s mother road Route 66. A light lunch is the order of the day.

 

If anyone feeling up for a challenge, today’s the day! You will be eating dinner at the world famous Big Texan steakhouse in Amarillo famous for the 72oz challenge. To date BC Motorcycle Tours has not had anyone brave enough to take the ultimate challenge, could you be the first?

DAY 8
Amarillo to Albuquerque
Miles: 289
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If you were wondering why there was “a can of spray paint” on your kit list, this is the reason!  Our first stop is to the Cadillac Ranch a short ride from the hotel.

 

When you have finished being a graffiti artist we ride off into the distance on Route 66 to the historic city of Albuquerque for dinner and a much needed rest.

DAY 9
Albuquerque to Gallup
Miles: 138
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The Roadrunner State beckons adventurers with atmospheric small towns that radiate authenticity. Gallup is easy to get to and easy to love. A slice of Americana rarely seen nowadays, it has barely changed since Route 66’s mid-century heyday. The drive from Santa Fe to Gallup whisks you across spectacularly scenic Route 66, now prosaically known as I-40.

Where mile-long Santa Fe Railroad freight trains chug alongside 66 in the shadow of towering orange mesas, where magic hour seems to stretch forever, erupting in blazing vermilion sunsets.
You’ll know when you’re in Gallup; its vintage neon signs twinkle like tinsel strung on Route 66.

Once a railroad hub, Gallup is now the commercial capital of the vast, 300,000-strong Navajo Nation homelands that surround it.

DAY 10
Gallup to Holbrook
Miles: 287
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We have a surprise in store for you as the group heads north for a ride through the Salt River Canyon where you will be astounded by it’s natural beauty. In the afternoon you will experience a number of iconic Route 66 sights and landmarks as we take time to enjoy the beauty of the landscape.

We then head off to “the wigwam motel” for an evening with a difference.

DAY 11
Holbrook to Williams
Miles: 301
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An early start takes us to the town of Winslow for a great photo opportunity and chance to pick up some Route 66 souvenirs.

This is followed by a ride towards Flagstaff for a light lunch. After lunch we enjoy a ride through the Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona and then through the Jerome National Park ending the days ride at one of the most iconic Route 66 towns called Williams for an evening of entertainment and food.

DAY 12
Williams to Las Vegas
Miles: 286
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This morning we head west to the historic ghost town of Seligman where we will ride along old Route 66 for an early lunch at a classic old Route 66 Diner in Kingman.

After lunch, we take in the amazing town of Oatman before landing in Las Vegas for the afternoon and evening of fun.

DAY 13
Rest Day in Las Vegas
Miles: 000
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Today is designed as a rest day for you to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Las Vegas Strip (Remember, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!).

DAY 14
Las Vegas to Victorville
Miles: 234
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After a lazy start, we leave Las Vegas and head south through Searchlight for an interesting outer-space encounter in the town of Baker.

We then ride into Barstow and stay on Route 66 for the rest of the day where the scenery and roads will take you back to time gone by.

Continuing South West we leave Nevada and ride into California for a stop at the Bottle Tree Ranch and California Route 66. There is a wide range of typical Route 66 memorabilia for you to purchase.

DAY 15
Victorville to Los Angeles
Miles: 220
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As we head off for the “end of the trail” sign on the Santa Monica Pier on our final days riding along America’s Mother Road Route 66, we snake our way over the Angeles Mountains for 67 miles of riding heaven.

There will be an opportunity relax, eat and enjoy the sunshine before heading to the hotel to park the bikes for the last time.

In the evening there will be plenty of time to relax before we sit down for a celebration meal together whilst reflecting on the weeks achievements.

DAY 16
Time to return home to the UK
Miles: 000
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Enjoy the morning in Los Angeles before your flight home to the UK

DAY 17
Arrive back to the UK
Miles: 000
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Time for a nice cuppa tea and rest on the sofa as you reflect on what has been the most amazing journey along America's Mother Roar - Route 66.  

Remember to start thinking about your next motorcycle Adventure with BC Motorcycle Tours.

"Making your ride an Adventure"

Your tour includes the following:
 
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15 nights of quality hotels / motels.
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Welcome meeting and Tour Briefing.
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Daily breakfast where breakfast is provided at the hotel.
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Guaranteed choice of rented motorcycle.
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Unlimited mileage.
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All fuel and oil for your motorcycle.
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Optional visit to the Milwaukee Harley Davidson Museum & evening in Chicago.
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Admission fees to all Museums and National Parks (on our scheduled route).
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Any tolls, parking fees (any gratuities are additional).
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The tour will be guided by a professional Route 66 veteran who will give daily summaries and tell of the history of Route 66.
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Transfers to and from the Airport and Hotel.
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Motorcycle rental and the required liability insurance.
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24 hour roadside assistance.
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Support vehicle at all times with a spare bike .
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Luggage carried on the support vehicle.
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Ice cold water, soft drinks and snacks throughout each day.
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Your airfare to and from the US.
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Your ESTA (Visa Waiver to travel to the US) This costs $14 from the US Embassy / website https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta
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Personal Travel Insurance.  Click here for a competitive quote that covers you on larger motorcycles
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Additional meals and snacks, tips, refreshments other than those specified.
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Alcoholic Beverages.
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Trip Cancellation Insurance or Personal Travel Insurance.
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Personal Souvenirs.
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Shipping of any excess baggage, souvenirs, helmets, etc … To or from to your home.
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Any necessary riding gear and / or personal effects.
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Any additional or supplemental insurance for personal effects or public liability.
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All Gratuities
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Anything not mentioned in the list of included items above.
What our participants think:

The best holiday we have had together. Fantastic scenery and sights along the route and never felt rushed or too tired at the end of the busy days. Great support and guidance from Mark, Graham and Amy throughout the trip. Everything promised was delivered by the team and this was real value for money. Its hard to imagine now that we actually did it, but we did. Thanks to all, including our travel buddies.

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Mar 9, 2019 by Tim & Joanne Brain on Best of The West Motorcycle Tour

This was my second holiday with BC Motorcycle Tours and yet again it did not fail to impress. Well organised by the ever friendly Amy ( who also drives the support truck!) and led by Mark who is very knowledgeable about the route (and also has a great sense of humour) . We rode through some varied landscapes, green fields, canyons, mountains and deserts. With loads to see along the way and plenty of stops for water and refreshments we still covered decent mileage everyday without ever feeling rushed. I also have a new found respect for Harley Davidson's which proved to be totally comfortable for me and my pillion. With BC Motorcycle Tours the groups are small so it really is like riding with your mates, everyone agreed that they had enormously enjoyed the whole experience and it was something that would stay with them for years to come. So if you are thinking of taking the trip of a lifetime speak to BC Motorcycle Tours, you will not be disappointed!!

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John Mitchell on Route 66 Chicago to LA

wow what can I say about BC Motorcycle Tours for route 66, incredible started in Chicago and rode to LA Amy, Mark and Graham our tour guides for 18 days were absolutely amazing.

the whole group of us mixed well together laughing and joking day by day, the scenery was fabulous 117 degrees in the Mojave desert 120 degrees in Las Vegas every where we stopped people were so polite and helpful.
big upside was the fact they only take a dozen bikes so as to keep it close and personal not like the eaglerider tour where there is 20/25 bikes at a time , we also had a few surprises care of mark if you want to know what they were then join them next year you wont be disappointed , my wife and I have signed up for Normandy ride out next year , that's how well organised BC Motorcycle Tours are.
still cant say how well pleased I was with all concerned fantastic would do it all again , thanks Darren, Amy, Mark, Graham ,will see you at nec bike show for more chats.

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Brian Butler on Route 66 Chicago to LA

Such a wonderful trip, did exactly what it says on the box. Great company, friendly tour guides, nothing was ever too much trouble. Personally I haven't been on tours with others before, so having a relatively small group allowed it to remain very personal. Hotels were of a great standard, and I certainly gained a few pounds!! I look forward to completing another tour with BC Motorcycle Tours next year.

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Clare D on Route 66 Chicago to LA

In 2016 I was able to undertake a number of motorcycle tours in the US, this one was for me the very best. To travel across America along Route 66 was a great feeling, to see the sights and to take in the hospitality of local residents as we passed though on our journey of discovery. One of the things I liked most about this tour was that it was a fairly small group unlike some of the other tour groups we met along the way. I was able to get to know everyone and shared many a great laugh as we passed along this iconic highway.

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Peter M on Route 66 Chicago to LA

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