Route 66 | Guided Motorcycle Tour
15 Days: Ride along Route 66 on a Harley Davidson motorcycle on this guided tour along this historic route through America's heartland between Chicago and 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
Arrive at Chicago Airport and transfer on your own to your hotel. Chicago is the biggest and most exciting of the Great Lake cities with a skyline to rival any city. Home to top-rated museums, restaurants and cafes, and countless bars and nightclubs that pay homage to the city’s strong jazz and blues heritage. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow riders, and a great night in a Chicago hotels before setting off on your dream Route 66 journey in the morning
Day 2: Chicago to Springfield, IL (187 miles)
This morning pick up your bike set off on your ultimate American road trip. Legendary Route 66 begins at the doorstep of the motorcycle depot and cuts through the state of Illinois before running all the way to the Pacific Coast. From Chicago you head south along the Pontiac Trail, the original name for this section of the road. Visit the RT 66 Museum in Pontiac and generally getting a feel for the rubber on the Mother Road
Day 3: Springfield, IL to St Louis (116 miles)
Today you will head for St. Louis, staying primarily on the 2-lane sections of the Mother Road, traversing cornfields and small towns that represent the heartland of America. Arrive into St. Louis by crossing the Chain of Rocks Bridge, the original bridge where RT 66 crossed the Mississippi River. This amazing city rests along the shores of the mighty Mississippi River and is home to some of the best live music and BBQ ribs in the country. Your hotel tonight is the Hampton Inn, which offers incredible views of the St. Louis Arch.
Day 4: St Louis to Joplin (335 miles)
It's an early start today, so try to get up early and walk across the street today to enjoy a morning view of the St. Louis Arch and Mississippi River before hitting the road. Leave the city in your mirrors and settle in to enjoy the rolling Missouri hills that make this area so beautiful and fun to ride through. Stop to see the famous World’s Largest Rocking Chair in Fanning, wind through the twisting roads of Devil’s Elbow and eat some of the best BBQ you will ever taste! Make a stop to meet Gary at Gay Parita’s, himself a Route 66 icon. Tonight stay in Joplin, a city that was hit very hard in 2011 by a massive tornado. Hang out with 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)
Today is all about the ride! From Joplin, head west through the rolling hills and horse country of Oklahoma, passing through the towns of Miami, Claremore and Catoosa, where the legendary Blue Whale resides, and stopping for lunch in a Tulsa diner. Also pass through the lands of several Native American tribes. In the 1830s all this land, held to be useless by the Federal Government, was set aside as Indian Territory–a convenient dumping ground for the tribes that “blocked” white settlement in the southern states. The Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole, Creek and Cherokee are some of the tribes that make up the state’s large Native American Indian population. Further west, ride through El Reno over the mile-long bridge near Bridgeport and into Oklahoma City, the heart and soul of Route 66 country! Enjoy your stay tonight in the heart of Oklahoma City's Bricktown Neighborhood, full of lively restaurants, bars and shopping.
Day 6: Oklahoma City to Amarillo (266 miles)
This morning, travel along some of the oldest stretches of Oklahoma’s Route 66. Once the land of vast buffalo herds, this section of Route 66 traverses some of the great cattle trails which were used in the 1860s to drive herds of cattle from Texas up to the railhead in Abilene, Kansas. Ride along a section of the Chisholm Trail, which passes through Yukon and El Reno, and stop at the amazing Route 66 Museum in Clinton. After lunch cross the border into the Texas Panhandle, the southernmost portion of the Great Plains. Your hotel tonight is the famous Ambassador Hotel in Downtown Amarillo. Friends from "The Big Texan Steakhouse" will pick your group up at the hotel in a fleet of old Cadillacs graced with the horns of Texas Longhorns across the bonnet and take you and the group to enjoy the absolute best steaks in Texas!
Day 7: Amarillo to Santa, Fe (303 miles)
Today you will leave Texas and ride into “The Land of Enchantment”, New Mexico. Pass by the world famous Cadillac Ranch and see the ghost town of Glen Rio, where you can stand with one foot in New Mexico and the other one in Texas. Enter the land the Comanche Indians, where mesas, mountains, cactus and pines define the landscape as 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. Your hotel is in the heart of Old Town Santa Fe, and just steps from the historic town square and mission.
Day 8: Sante Fe
Today is at leisure to take a break from the road and enjoy the distinctive flavor of this nearly 400-year-old city. The blend of cultures here becomes evident in the southwestern architectural style so closely associated with New Mexico’s capital city. Perhaps take a ride along the river valley to the old Native American Indian town of Taos, enjoy a sunrise hot air balloon ride, or play cowboy for a day on a horseback ride along a mountain or canyon trail (activities at additional cost payable locally).
Day 9: Santa Fe to Gallup (271 miles)
This morning head south to Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, home to a third of the state’s population where the main east - west road and rail routes cross both the Rio Grande and the old road south to Mexico. Cross the Rio Grande and head west into open country and the Navajo wilderness. Skirt past mesas and bluffs on into Laguna. 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. Enjoy your stay tonight with a host of fellow riders from around the world at one of the many biker friendly hotels in Gallup.
Day 10: Gallup - Grand Canyon (283 miles)
Today is another huge day, full of spectacular scenery and iconic Route 66 stops. Cross the border into Arizona and ride to Petrified Forest National Park, a fossilized prehistoric forest of gigantic trees that has been unearthed by erosion. Here you will have the time to explore this stunning landscape. Leaving Petrified Forest NP, travel further west to the Wigwam Hotel in Holbrook, and stop to stand on the corner in Winslow, Arizona! While most groups stop in Flagstaff or Williams, Arizona, you will ride on to spend the night just a mile from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon! Tonight, sit with a cold drink in your hand and enjoy the sunset over 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 you might wish to arrange a morning helicopter ride over the heart of the South Rim (additional cost payable locally). 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 for stops in the famous 66 towns of Seligman, Peach Springs, and Hackberry.
Day 12: Laughlin to Las Vegas (129 miles)
Today is a quick ride for a little detour to take in the incredible sights and sounds of Las Vegas...but first ride through the Old West Ghost Town of Oatman. Then enjoy a first class experience at some of the most famous hotels on The Strip. Your time in Vegas may be short, but it will be sweet! Try to get a little bit of sleep because you will be back on the road to pick up Route 66 tomorrow right where you left off yesterday.
Day 13: Las Vegas to Victorville (282 miles)
Today cross the border into the final State of your Route 66 adventure – California! One thing is for sure, today is a day like no other as you traverse the Mojave Desert which offers some of the most dramatic scenery in Southern California. You can imagine what it must have been like for early Route 66 travelers making their way across this huge expanse of desert, dotted with Joshua Trees, cactus, volcanic rock and sand!. Tonight, celebrate your last night on the Mother Road.
Day 14: Victorville to Los Angeles (124 miles)
Today head for your final destination – the end of the road at the Santa Monica Pier. To get there, however, first ride the 66 miles of the Angeles Crest Highway through the mountainous terrain of Angeles National Forest. This highway is considered one of the top motorcycle rides in southern California and rises to over 2300 meters. Next we descend the Crest into the Los Angeles Basin and heading towards the Pacific Ocean. Riders always have mixed emotions as they stand at the "End of the Trail" sign on the Santa Monica Pier. There is a sense of joy and elation at having completed a journey most people only dream about, and a sense of sadness at the thought of the ride having come to an end. Tonight, celebrate the miles you’ve ridden and the friends you've made at a Farewell Dinner!
Day 15: Los Angeles - End of Tour
Today your exciting trip comes to an end, or you can arrange an extra night or two in L.A. to enjoy the sights.
Guided Tour Dates - 2015
May: 07, 14, 21
June: 11, 25
August: 06, 20
September: 10, 17, 24
Reverse Tour Dates - 2015
(follows reverse itinerary starting in Los Angeles ending in Chicago)
An unguided version of this tour is also available with daily departures. Please contact us for details - inclusions differ.
Prices Per Tour
2015 Tours 1 Person / 1 Bike / 1 Room 2 People / 1 Bike / 1 Room 2 People / 2 Bikes / 1 Room All Dates £5521 £6156 £8155 2015 Reverse Tours 1 Person / 1 Bike / 1 Room 2 People / 1 Bike / 1 Room 2 People / 2 Bikes / 1 Room 19 May; 01 Sep £5044 £5624 £7447
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.