Route 66 Guided Motorcycle Tour | 15 Days
Ride along Route 66 on a Harley Davidson motorcycle on this guided self-drive tour along this historic route through America's heartland from Chicago to the Santa Monica on the California Coast.
The famous and nostalgic Route 66 is the road created in heaven for motorcycle touring. Simply stated, this is the guided motorcycle tour of America! Travel the original Route 66, known as the "Mainstreet of America" or "Mother Road", 2400 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles, crossing three time zones and 8 States. You can choose to follow the tour with a Harley Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Triumph, Spyder and BMW.
- Guided motorbike tour of Route 66
- Professional tour guide leading your group
- Support vehicle to carry your luggage
- Late model motorcycle rental
Day 1: Arrive Chicago
You arrive at Chicago International Airport and transfer on your own to your hotel. Welcome dinner included tonight.
Day 2: Chicago to Springfield, IL (187 miles)
This morning you pick up your bike and are off on the ultimate American road trip. Parallel to I-55, the legendary Route 66 began its run right here, cutting through the state before running all the way to the Pacific Coast - you will get a glimpse of it, as some of the old-time diners and other Americana still stand. From Chicago you head south, pass the old truck stop town of McLean, and roar through the coal-mining area of Illinois – along the Pontiac Trail, the original name for this bit of the road here - toward Springfield, the Illinois state capital.
Day 3: Springfield, IL to St Louis (116 miles)
Your ride will take you further south as you head toward St. Louis, which is one of the significant cities here. There will be numerous Highway towns, which invite you for a stop en route - you should definitely see the famous Dixie truck stop, "Our Lady of the Highway Statue", Litchfield and the "Paris Stop Café". Take time to visit Meramec Caverns as you head for the Mississippi River and don't miss the famous "Chain of Rocks Bridge". You are in Missouri now, the state where the forests meet the prairie and the Mississippi River meets the Missouri River. It’s a short ride to St. Louis.
Day 4: St Louis to Joplin (335 miles)
Try to get up early to walk across the street today and enjoy an early morning view of the St. Louis Arch and Mississippi River before you hit the road. You quickly leave the city in mirrors as you settle in to enjoy the rolling Missouri hills that make this area so beautiful and fun to ride in. Now get ready for a lunch stop in the middle of nowhere that serves up some of the best BBQ you will ever sink your teeth into! Tonight enjoy a stay in Joplin, a city that was hit very hard in 2011 by a massive tornado. Hang with the locals in the small downtown area and hear some amazing stories about what it was like to be in the eye of a massive tornado!
Day 5: Joplin to Oklahoma City (255 miles)
From Joplin you head west through Oklahoma and follow the contour of the land as if it's always been there. You cover 100 miles of the Old West's Indian country between Tulsa and Oklahoma City. In the 1830's all this land, held to be useless, was set aside as Indian Territory - a convenient dumping ground for the so-called Five Civilized Tribes who blocked white settlement in the southern states. Today, the state has a large Native American Indian population - "Oklahoma" is the Choctaw word for "red man". Further west you ride through El Reno over the mile-long bridge, near Bridgeport and into Oklahoma City, the heart and soul of Route 66 country!
Day 6: Oklahoma City to Amarillo (266 miles)
This morning you should rise early for your journey into the Panhandle, the southernmost portion of the Great Plains, often called "the real Texas". Amarillo may seem cut off from the rest of Texas, but it stands on one of the great American cross-country routes, I-40 (once legendary Route 66), roughly 300 miles from Albuquerque and 250 miles west of Oklahoma City. Amarillo takes its name from Spanish and it means "yellow", the colour that is so characteristic to this region. Amarillo is where you overnight.
Day 7: Amarillo to Santa, Fe (303 miles)
Today you leave Texas and are on your way into "The Land of Enchantment", New Mexico - after passing through the Cadillac Ranch. How about the ghost town of Glen Rio, where you can stand with one foot in New Mexico and the other one in Texas? With 5 states behind and 3 still ahead, you ride your bike through the land of Commanche and into Tucumcari, the biggest town between Albuquerque and Amarillo. You head up into the High Plains and altitude of Santa Fe in central New Mexico. Santa Fe is one of America's oldest and most beautiful cities, and will be your base for the next two nights.
Day 8: Sante Fe
Today is at leisure to rest and enjoy the distinctive flavour of this nearly 400-year-old city. The blend of cultures here becomes evident in the south-western architectural style so closely associated with New Mexico's capital city. Perhaps you would like to take a ride along the river valley to the old Native American Indian town of Taos.
Day 9: Santa Fe to Gallup (271 miles)
This morning you head south, down to Albuquerque, New Mexico's largest city, with a third of the state's population. Albuquerque is sprawling at the heart of New Mexico, where the main east - west road and rail routes cross both the Rio Grande and the old road south to Mexico. You cross the Rio Grande and head west - out into the open country and the hues of the Navajo wilderness. Further on ride through Grants and along Cibola National Forest towards the famous Route 66 town of Gallup - an old railroad town and Indian stronghold.
Day 10: Gallup - Grand Canyon (283 miles)
From Gallup it's only about half an hour to the Arizona border - you enter the state of Arizona and enjoy a very scenic ride through the Petrified Forest, a fossilized prehistoric forest of gigantic trees that has been unearthed by erosion. As you continue west you pass the old "Jackribbit Trading Post" and arrive at Northern Arizona's liveliest and most attractive town, Flagstaff, where you can enjoy typical Wild West charm. Its main thoroughfare, Santa Fe Avenue, used to be Route 66, while before that it was the pioneer trail west. Tonight’s stop is just 1 mile from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Day 11: Grand Canyon to Laughlin (256 miles)
For those looking to get a real "Bird's Eye View" of the Grand Canyon a morning helicopter ride over the heart of the South Rim is an optional extra. Later, you will have plenty of time to ride along the rim and stop for amazing vistas and photos. Leave the Grand Canyon and pick Route 66 back up in Williams, Arizona before heading stops in the famous 66 towns of Seligman, Peach Springs, Hackberry, Kingman and, of course, the Old West Ghost Town of Oatman, Arizona.
Day 12: Laughlin to Las Vegas (129 miles)
Today is a quick ride to the incredible sights and sounds of Las Vegas! Your hotel is located on the fabulous Strip, right in the heart of the action. One thing is for sure, your time in Vegas may be short, but it will sure be sweet! Try to get a little bit of sleep because you pick up Route 66 tomorrow right where you left off yesterday.
Day 13: Las Vegas to Victorville (282 miles)
Today it's off to California, the final state on your ride down legendary Route 66. You cross the Devil's Playground and ride along the Mojave Desert, which offers some of the most dramatic scenery in Southern California…rolling with lush grasses, startling volcanic formations, large stands of Joshua trees, and even in some spots, pinon pines. From the desert you get right into the cool pines of the San Gabriel Mountains. Head for Victorville, which is your base for tonight.
Day 14: Victorville to Los Angeles (124 miles)
Today you are on your way to the final destination of your legendary American road trip - Los Angeles. You head for Santa Monica, as Historic Route 66 ends on Santa Monica Boulevard. Santa Monica is the oldest and biggest of LA's resorts - once a wild beachfront playground; it's now a self-consciously liberal and healthy community. Spend the afternoon sightseeing and enjoy Hollywood with the famous Chinese Theatre, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, and much more. This evening, return your motorcycle at Eagle Rider's Los Angeles store and transfer back to your hotel.
Day 15: Los Angeles - End of Tour
Today your exciting trip ends with the check out from your hotel.
Guided Tour Dates - 2014
August: 7, 21
September: 11, 17, 18, 25
Reverse Tour Dates - 2014
(follows reverse of itinerary from Los Angeles to Chicago)
An unguided version of this tour is available daily. Please contact us for details.
Cost Per Tour - 2014 Tours 1 Person / 1 Bike / 1 Room 2 People / 1 Bike / 1 Room 2 People / 2 Bikes / 1 Room All Dates £5380 £5999 £10576
Guided Tour Price Includes
- Professional tour leaders
- Support Vehicle for Luggage equipped with spare bike, first aid kit, drinking water & additional tools
- Late model Harley-Davidson, Honda, BMW, or Triumph Motorcycle (on a request basis)
- 3 - 4 star hotel accommodations
- Fuel and oil*
- Unlimited mileage
- Eagle Rider custom riding jacket
- Pre-Tour Welcome Dinner
- Post-Tour Farewell Dinner
- Breakfast on all riding days
- Souvenir quality road book
- Helmets for driver and passenger (limited)
- Transportation service between Eagle Rider location and hotel (restrictions may apply)
- Daily Photos and Videos uploaded to Eagle Rider Motorcycle Tours Facebook page
- National Park entrance fees
- Hotel parking fees
- Discounted activities
- One-Way drop fee
- Sales tax & fees for bike rental
- Airfare to/from Chicago/Los Angeles (we can arrange these for your, just ask us when making your enquiry)
- Tour leader gratuity
- Theft and damage waiver (details on request)
- Optional insurance coverage
- Meals, snacks, beverages
* Fuel Surcharges may apply in the event that fuel costs significantly exceed the average price per gallon at time of writing.