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On the Road: Rockin’ From Chicago to Los Angeles Along Route 66

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Program #17302RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
During most of program, elevation is below 3,000'; in New Mexico and Arizona, elevation is 7,000'

Itinerary for Aug 27 — Sep 11, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Club Quarters, Central Loop, is located in the center of Chicago's downtown Loop, among the skyscrapers of Frank Lloyd Wright, Burnham and Rood, and Mies van der Rohe. Just a short walk away from the hotel, you'll find Symphony Center, the Art Institute, Sears Tower, and more.

Contact info:
111 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60603 USA
phone: 312-214-6400
web: www.clubquarters.com

Room amenities: Cable television with pay-by-view movies. Room service offers 24-hour multi menu delivery. Refrigerators, coffee/tea makers, automated wake-up calls, radio/alarm clock, individual controlled thermostat, hair dryer, make-up mirror

Facility amenities: Elephant and Castle Pub and Restaurant on premises. Free wireless and wired Internet access, business center, access to swimming pool at nearby private health club, valet services, self-parking service, launderetty, Club Room with complimentary coffee and reading materials.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: request Road Scholar rate
Pre-program nights available. To book additional nights, please call the Club Quarters national reservations office at 212-575-0006. Specify proper Club Quarters location.

This is an itinerary program, and group departs after third night in hotel

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, August 27 - Chicago, IL - Registration/Orientation/Introducti...
Arrive To: Check in at hotel begins at 3:00 PM. Register with your program's group leader between 4:30-5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner from 5:30-7:00 PM, catered by Elephant and Castle Restaurant in designated area

Evening: From 7:00-8:30 PM, in hotel meeting room, there will be introductions, program orientation, and your group leader/study guide will give you an overview of the program.

Lodging: Club Quarters

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Club Quarters, Central Loop, is located in the center of Chicago's downtown Loop, among the skyscrapers of Frank Lloyd Wright, Burnham and Rood, and Mies van der Rohe. Just a short walk away from the hotel, you'll find Symphony Center, the Art Institute, Sears Tower, and more.

Contact info:
111 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60603 USA
phone: 312-214-6400
web: www.clubquarters.com

Room amenities: Cable television with pay-by-view movies. Room service offers 24-hour multi menu delivery. Refrigerators, coffee/tea makers, automated wake-up calls, radio/alarm clock, individual controlled thermostat, hair dryer, make-up mirror

Facility amenities: Elephant and Castle Pub and Restaurant on premises. Free wireless and wired Internet access, business center, access to swimming pool at nearby private health club, valet services, self-parking service, launderetty, Club Room with complimentary coffee and reading materials.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: request Road Scholar rate
Pre-program nights available. To book additional nights, please call the Club Quarters national reservations office at 212-575-0006. Specify proper Club Quarters location.

This is an itinerary program, and group departs after third night in hotel

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, August 28 - Art Institute Exploration/Lunch at Bon Appetit Re...
Art Institute Exploration/Lunch at Bon Appetit Restaurant/Gallery Visit and Lecture

Breakfast: Start the morning with Club Quarter's deluxe continental breakfast buffet from 8:00 -9:00 AM.

Morning: The start of Route 66 has moved a few times. Originally, it began on Jackson Boulevard at Michigan Avenue. In 1933, the start (and end) was moved east to Jackson and Lake Shore Drive. In 1955, Jackson Blvd. became one-way west of Michgan Avenue, and Adams Street became the westbound US-66. However, the start of US-66 remained on Jackson at Lake Shore Drive.

The ending point is at Jackson Blvd. and Lake Shore Drive.

During your two full days in Chicago, you'll experience some of Chicago's greatest offerings, as well as having a Route 66 tour.

At 10:15 AM, meet your study guide in the hotel lobby. The group will walk to the Art Institute for early entry.

From 10:30 -11:30 AM you'll have a walking exploration of the Art Institute of Chicago, including the history, architecture, and an orientation to the collection.

Route 66 actually starts right in front of the Art Institute!

Lunch: Lunch will be from 11:40 - 1:15 pm in the Garden Cafe at the Art Institute of Chicago.

You'll be able to select from a huge variety of food choices.

Afternoon: The afternoon will begin with a lecture by a professional art educator who is part of the Art Institute educational outreach staff. We have selected American Art as the topic of your private discussion.

From portraits to landscapes to semi-abstractions, you'll discover how artists express the many sides of the American experience through the rich variety of this collection.

After your guided walk, you'll have time to explore some things on your own.

Walk back to Club Quarters at 4:15 PM.

Dinner: Dinner tonight will be at Club Quarters in a hotel meeting room, catered by Elephant and Castle, from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: Club Quarters

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Club Quarters, Central Loop, is located in the center of Chicago's downtown Loop, among the skyscrapers of Frank Lloyd Wright, Burnham and Rood, and Mies van der Rohe. Just a short walk away from the hotel, you'll find Symphony Center, the Art Institute, Sears Tower, and more.

Contact info:
111 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60603 USA
phone: 312-214-6400
web: www.clubquarters.com

Room amenities: Cable television with pay-by-view movies. Room service offers 24-hour multi menu delivery. Refrigerators, coffee/tea makers, automated wake-up calls, radio/alarm clock, individual controlled thermostat, hair dryer, make-up mirror

Facility amenities: Elephant and Castle Pub and Restaurant on premises. Free wireless and wired Internet access, business center, access to swimming pool at nearby private health club, valet services, self-parking service, launderetty, Club Room with complimentary coffee and reading materials.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: request Road Scholar rate
Pre-program nights available. To book additional nights, please call the Club Quarters national reservations office at 212-575-0006. Specify proper Club Quarters location.

This is an itinerary program, and group departs after third night in hotel

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, August 29 - Chicago Loop Exploration/Lunch in selected restau...
Chicago Loop Exploration/Lunch in selected restaurant/Chicago Architecture Foundation walking expedition/Dinner at Tommy Gun's Garage

Breakfast: Continental breakfast buffet at Club Quarters.

Morning: Depart at 9:30 AM from the hotel for a Chicago Neighborhood bus adventure, featuring some of the Route 66 icons. Your step-on guide will be able to give you much of the history of the development of the Route in the city, and will have some great anecdotes to share with you as well.

Lunch: Lunch will be in a restaurant selected especially for our group by Chicago Neighborhood tour guide.

Afternoon: Bus will return to the hotel. You'll have a little time to rest, then the Chicago Architecture Foundation will take you to see some of the most celebrated architecture in the world!

The walk (with lots of stops to look at buildings) lasts approximately two hours.

Return to the hotel to rest before dinner.

Dinner: Not long after the turn of the century, in a decade known as the Roaring Twenties, the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages was outlawed. Nevertheless, men like Al Capone and his Mafia family refused to adhere to the law, opening illegal speakeasies across the city of Chicago, offering alcoholic, gambling, and hotbox entertainment.

Tonight, you'll visit Tommy Gun's Garage, Chicago's only original Speakeasy Dinner Theater. The evening will include a raid by the cops, complete with raid sirens and flashing lights. This audience interactive club offiers a musical comedy revue with the gangsters, the flappers, and YOU! After dinner, join Vito, Gloves, and the mugs and dolls for non-stop comedy and dangerous fun as they entertain you. Alcohol is an extra, but can certainly be purchased on your own! Dinner will include soup or salad, rollas butter, and one of several entree choices. Ice cream is served at intermission; coffee, tea, or soda included with dinner.

Evening: Return to the hotel about 10:00 PM

Lodging: Club Quarters

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in the historic downtown area of Springfield, IL, the newly remodeled Hilton is the closest hotel to most of the Abraham Lincoln sites. Other attractions are nearby, and hotel is surrounded by many quaint shops, bistros and shopping.

Contact info:
700 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1601 USA
phone: 217-789-1530
web: www1.hilton.com/en+US/hi/hotel/SPFSHHF

Room amenities: air conditioning, clock radio, HBO, non-smoking, 24-hour housekeeping, coffee maker, Crabtree and Evelyn amenities, iron, ironing board, hairdryer, high speed Internet access, double locking doors

Facility amenities: State-of-the-art fitness center, business center, Notary Public, photo copying service, automated teller, baggage storage, barber shop, clothing store, concierge desk, florist, gift shop, local area transportation, lounge, safety deposit box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Friday, August 30 - Departure from Chicago/Pontiac, IL/Murals Visit/L...
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at Club Quarters.

Morning: Check out of hotel; get luggage to bus loading location.

Bus departs for Springfield, IL, where you'll spend the night.

We'll follow Route 66 as closely as is possible; often, it's impossible to take a motorcoach on roads that are in poor repair or are unsafe, so we'll move between interstates and frontage roads to access points of interest.

Bus will travel through some of Chicago's suburbs. We'll pick up I-55 to continue on to Pontiac, IL

Pontiac also offers some rather quaint remnants of Rt. 66, including a Rt. 66 Hall of Fame, which you'll visit.

The former highway, US Route 66, once ran directly through the city's downtown and later on a bypass to the east.

From 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM, you'll have a ride on the Main Street Trolley to see the historic murals in Pontiac.

Lunch: From 12:15 to 1:15 PM, you'll have lunch at "How Sweet It Is." This charming little restaurant is a new one in Pontiac, and they have great sandwiches and salads.

Afternoon: The bus will continue on the way to Springfield, IL at 1:30 PM.

Your study guide has some fun places he'll want you to see on the way, including the Pioneer Motel and Bill Shea's Gas Station.

Upon arrival in Springfield, the bus will travel to Lincoln's Tomb State Historic Site, where the President and his family are laid to rest. We'll schedule your visit for 4:30 PM; visits last no more than 30 minutes. Silence is requested at this site visit.

Afterwards, bus takes you to the Hilton Springfield for check-in (about 5:30 PM).

Dinner: From 6:30 - 8:00 PM, you'll dine at Bennigan's Restaurant in the Hilton Hotel.

Bennigan's is an Irish American Grill & Tavern, famous for great food.

Evening: Free evening after dinner and hotel check-in.

Lodging: Hilton Springfield

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Newly renovated, two-diamond hotel situated in one of St. Louis' most popular areas, Kirkwood. Close to many attractions, the hotel has good reviews and is comfortable and welcoming

Contact info:
1200 S. Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-7225 USA
phone: 314-821-3950
web: book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=26140

Room amenities: Cable or satellite television with HBO, AM/FM alarm clock, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, voice mail, each room has a balcony or patio with sliding glass door, free wireless high-speed Internet

Facility amenities: Fitness center, pool, restaurant onsite, room service, business center, high speed Internet

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Saturday, August 31 - Lincoln Museum/Lincoln Home/Dixie Cafe/Henry's Ra...
Lincoln Museum/Lincoln Home/Dixie Cafe/Henry's Rabbit Ranch/Amici's Italian Restaurant

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel in the Highland Room Breakfast Buffet and check out.

Morning: Bus departs about 8:30 AM.

You'll depart from Springfield, IL, and take a sidetrip to Lincoln's Home, where the president and his family lived.

You'll also visit the Lincoln Museum (we can't visit the Lincoln Library as it's not open on weekends.

After our visits, we'll proceed to our lunch destination.

Lunch: We'll have lunch at a selected restaurant, probably the Dixie 66 Cafe.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll travel on toward Kirkwood/St. Louis, MO.

First, we'll see Staunton, famous for Henry's Rabbit Ranch, which we'll visit, and Livingston. As we approach the little town of Hamel, we'll see the Church of the Neon Cross.

We'll pick up I-55 and travel into St. Louis, MO, the largest city on Rt. 66 between Los Angeles and Chicago.

We'll skirt St. Louis along a Rt. 66 alignment and arrive in Kirkwood on US-67.

Time permitting, we'll check into our hotel before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at Amici's Italian Restaurant, said to be the greatest Italian restaurant in the midwest.

Evening: After dinner, if we haven't done so already, bus will take you to the hotel for check-in. If we've already checked in, the rest of the evening will be free for rest and relaxation.

Lodging: Best Western Kirkwood Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Hotel is located in the heart of the retail and entertainment district. This hotel has been awarded the Choice Hotel's gold award for the quality of its accommodations.

Contact info:
3333 S. Glenstone
Springfield, MO 65804 USA
phone: 417-883-6550
web: www.hotel-rates.com/us/missouri/springfield/clarion-hotel-springfield.html

Room amenities: Air conditioning, free newspaper, refrigerator, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, coffee/tea maker, in-room high speed Internet access, cable TV

Facility amenities: Full sized restaurant on premises with room service available. Pool, exercise room, game room, laundry room, 24-hour business center.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Sunday, September 01 - Forest Park/Missouri History Museum/Ted Drew's Fr...
Forest Park/Missouri History Museum/Ted Drew's Frozen Custard/Meremec Caverns/Rolla/Springfield, MO

Breakfast: Have breakfast at the hotel from 7:30-8:30 AM at the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Check out of hotel by 8:45 AM and have luggage to bus for 9:00 AM departure.

We'll go first to a historic area called Forest Park, where early Rt. 66 ran through. Its many attractions include the Missouri History Museum. The Missouri History Museum has been active in the St. Louis community since 1866. Founding members created the organization “for the purpose of saving from oblivion the early history of the city and state.” Today, the Missouri History Museum is located in historic Forest Park, the site of the 1904 World’s Fair.

After the 10:00 AM visit to the Museum, we'll divert and have a little treat at Ted Drew's Frozen Custard.

Next stop will be Meramec Caverns, a complex of mineral formations and color as rare and unique as they are beautiful. The formations took thousands of years to grow, and are preserved in the spectacular sights of the caverns.

You will have the 45 minute abbreviated group tour, which has all the highlights of the regular tour, but with less walking.

The Caverns are wheelchair accessible, but wheelchairs are not available on site

We'll pick up some boxed lunches from the Caverns restaurant, and proceed on to Rolla, MO.

Lunch: Eat boxed lunches from Meramec Caverns Restaurant on the bus as we travel to Rolla, Missouri.

Afternoon: There are lots of sites to see on the route to Rolla, MO. One of your study guide's favoriets is near St. James, MO, the Giant Dripping Neon Faucet!

Across I-44 at Exit 189 is the Mule Trading Post, purveyor of Ozark souvenirs for many a year.

Rolla is a city in Phelps County midway between the larger cities of St. Louis and Springfield. The population was estimated in 2008 as 18,438.

Rolla is an important center for state and federal education and research in science and technology. In addition, the US Geological Survey operates a large regional facility with various centers there. The headquarters of the Mark Twain National Forest, the only United States National Forest in Missouri, is also located in Rolla.

As a quirky aside, although private businesses are more limited, Royal Canin, a major manufacturer of dog and cat food, operates in Rolla.

The city has some wonderful old homes, and it really is a beautiful place to see.

Bus continues on to Springfield, MO, where we'll spend the night.

We'll check into the hotel there at approximately 6:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the Clarion Hotel's restaurant from 7:00-8:30 PM.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Four-diamond Oklahoma City hotel near Bricktown, Nichols Hills shopping and the business district.

Five golf courses nearby, a variety of spa treatments available.

Contact info:
6300 Waterford Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73118 USA
phone: 140-584-8781 x0
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/fact-sheet/travel/okcwa-waterford-marriott/

Room amenities: Coffee maker/tea service, individual climate control, iron and ironing board, luxury bedding, hair dryer, cable TV, movies/videos/pay-per-view, air conditioning, alarm clock

Facility amenities: Concierge desk, full-service business center, room service, safe deposit boxes at front desk, coffee in lobby, BlueFire Lounge, heated pool, whirlpool

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Monday, September 02 - Missouri's Small Towns and Rt. 66 Icons/Miami, Ok...
Missouri's Small Towns and Rt. 66 Icons/Miami, Oklahoma/Will Rogers Memorial in Claremore/Oklahoma City, OK/Free evening

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Clarion Hotel in the dining room from 6:30 - 7:30 AM. Have luggage to bus by 7:45 AM for 8:00 AM departure.

Morning: Bus will depart at 8:00 am.

You'll continue west, crossing I-44 onto MO-266 (Historic US-66) and go through Elwood, Halltown, Paris Springs (where we'll stop at the Gay Parita Sinclair Station), Spencer, Heatonville, Albatross (yup, Albatross!), Phelps, Rescue (the names are getting more interesting!), Plew, Log City, Stone City, Avilla, Forest Mills, Maxville (where, at the 7-11 store, you'll see the Flying Manure Spreader - sorry, it's fondly known as the "Crap Duster"), and Carthage (with its Civil War Museum and Historic Town Square), followed by Brooklyn Heights, Carterville, Webb City, and finally, Joplin.

From Joplin, it's just a few miles into Kansas and Baxter Springs. You'll almost immediately enter Oklahoma on US-69 (Oklahoma 66).

Just a few miles down the road, you'll enter Mickey Mantle's hometown of Commerce, OK.

A few miles on is Miami, OK. This town has 13 miles of Route 66 as its main street. We'll stop for lunch at a restaurant in Miami.

Lunch: We'll stop for lunch in Miami, OK, after looking around the town for a little while, at Wayland's Ku Ku Cafe. This place is quite a treat, and the owner loves having us visit. You'll select your lunch from the full menu.

Afternoon: Bus will depart from Miami after lunch and continue through Dotyville, Narcissa and Afton, where you'll have a photo opportunity at Buffalo Ranch.

You'll pass through Vinita (which, by the way, has one of the largest, if not THE largest) McDonald's restaurants in the world!), continue to White Oak, Chelsea, Busyhead, and Foyil. At Foyil, we'll take a sidetrip 4 miles east on OK-28 to Galloway Park, where a 90-foot totem pole is surrounded by other local art.

Then, on to Sequoyah, and then to Claremore.

We'll visit the Will Rogers Memorial there, and if time permits, pass by the famous Blue Whale Swimming Hole and The Ark.

Continuing on OK-66, you'll go through Verdigris and Catoosa

We'll bypass Tulsa as much as we can and aim for Sapulpa. continuing on OK-66, going through Bristow, Pulaski, Depew, Stroud, and Davenport.

Continue on OK-66 and if time and weather permit, go through Chandler, Warwick, Wellston, Luther and Arcadia.

Exit at I-44 and enter Oklahoma City. Proceed to hotel for check-in at approximately 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Free evening at the hotel. We suggest you enjoy the indoor heated pool or the fitness center. Bar and lounge on site.

Lodging: Waterford Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Contact info:
2300 Soncy Road
Amarillo, TX 79121 USA
phone: 806-457-9100
web: www.comfortinn.com/hotel-amarillo-texas-TX576

Room amenities: cable TV, free local calls, computer hook-up, hair dryer, hi-speed Internet access, coffee maker, individual air conditioning and heat, iron and ironing board, microwave, refrigerator, voice mail, wake-up service

Facility amenities: Business center, exercise room, free local calls, meeting room, guest laundry, indoor heated pool, indoor whirlpool/hot tub, interior corridors

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Tuesday, September 03 - National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum/Onwar...
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum/Onward to Amarillo, Texas/Big Texan Steak Ranch Restaurant

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel in Oklahoma City from 7:00-9:00 AM.

Morning: Check out of hotel and take baggage to bus for loading by 8:00 AM. Departure from hotel at 8:30 AM for a brief visit to the Oklahoma City Memorial.

At 9:30 AM, we'll take you to see the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City (visit at 10:00 AM)

This amazing museum features , American Rodeo Gallery, Museum of the Frontier West, Western Performers' Gallery, Children's Cowboy Corral, Art of the American West, Native American Gallery, Monumental Sculptures Gallery, and the Eldridge Gallery, We'll take a few hours for you to enjoy this most interesting place.

Lunch: Located in the Museum's east wing, you'll dine at the Museum's restaurant, Persimmon Hill, at 11:30 am. Decorated in an early prairie motif, it's rich with Western tradition. We'll have their generous buffet luncheon and depart about 1:00 PM.

Afternoon: After lunch, board the bus at 12:45 PM for departure from Oklahoma City.

We'll take I-40 to Amarillo, with a few short departures from the Interstate. You'll go through Elk City, visit the Rt. 66 National Museum, then continue onward.

In Shamrock, which we'll drive through, you'll see the U-Drop-Inn Restaurant, the the Leaning Water Tower (built that way to attract visitors), and the largest cross in the western hemisphere.

Much of Route 66 through this area is really rough going, with a lot of dirt roads, often impassable for a motor coach, so we'll stick to I-40 for your safety.

We'll go around Conway, and enter Amarillo on Business Loop I-40. We'll proceed to the hotel for check-in about 6:00 PM.

Bus will depart for dinner destination about 6:45 PM.

Dinner: Step into the Big Texan Steak Ranch and you're taking a giant step back to the rowdy, rip-roaring days of the late 1800s.

As you cross the threshold, you'll feel the excitement shared by thousands of visitors each year. Laughter echoes above the sizzle of steaks on the open grill. The strolling musicians may be strumming "The Yellow Rose of Texas" or "Amarillo by Morning."

Take in the old-fashioned bar, the giant rocking chair, the magician entertaining in the lobby, and the lure of intriguing items in the gift shop.

Big Texan Prime Rib is one of the all-time favorites, as are the tender 6-ounce filets and the hearty 36-oz. Houston Cut ribeyes.

There's always a big contest going on to see if someone can actually eat all of a 72-ounce steak (if you can, you get dinner for free!). We think it's fair to tell you, though, that only 8,500 people have succeeded in completing the feat and 50,000 have tried! The record, though, is held by a Bengal tiger; his meal was limited to the steak only and he dined in the front of the building. It took him less than 90 seconds to eat the steak!

Linebackers and linemen from UCLA took the challenge, and none of their names made it to the "Wall of Fame." Professional wrestler, Klondike Bill, ate two of the dinners within the one-hour time limit.

We think you'll love the Big Texan; it was right on Route 66 and enjoyed feeding many, many travelers - just like you!

Lodging: Comfort Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107 USA
phone: 505-884-2511
web: www.mcmelegante.com

Room amenities: Data ports, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, refrigerators upon request, new pillow-top mattresses

Facility amenities: Heated pool, spa and exercise room, gift shop, restaurant and lounge on premises

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Wednesday, September 04 - Cadillac Ranch/Vega/Adrian/Glenrio/Mesalands Comm...
Cadillac Ranch/Vega/Adrian/Glenrio/Mesalands Community College Dinosaur Museum/Tucumcari, NM's Rt. 66 Icons/Albuquerque

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00-8:00 AM

Morning: Bus will be ready for departure about 8:30 AM. Check out of the hotel no later than 8:00 AM; luggage should be ready for loading on bus by 8:00 AM as well.

We'll depart Amarillo along the remnants of Route 66 to Cadillac Ranch. It was the brainchild of Stanley Marsh III, the helium millionaire who owns the dusty wheat field where it stands. Marsh and the Ant Farm, a San Francisco art collective, assembled used Cadillacs representing the "Golden Age" of American Automobiles (1949-1963). The 10 graffiti-covered cars are half-buried, nose-down, facing west "at the same angle as the Cheops' pyramids."

There are other bits of Marsh art in the vicinity; Cadillac Ranch is a "must-see" that was moved from one location to the current location in 1997.

Bus continues onward, passing through some fascinating little towns, including Vega, Adrian (billed as the geographical midpoint of Rt 66) and Glenrio, astraddle the Texas/New Mexico state line, which was beaten by the bypassand is now home to picturesque ruins and barking dogs.

We'll arrive in Tucumcari about noon.

Lunch: Lunch at Del's Restaurant in Tucumcari, NM.

Del's is a comfortable, family restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere and a unique, attractive decor. It was established in 1956 on historic Route 66. It's run by sisters, Yvonne and Yvette. Website: www.delsrestaurant.com

Afternoon: After lunch, bus departs for Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum.

Opened in 2000, the exhibit hall houses replicated and original fossils, from tiny footprint casts to the 40' long skeleton of a Torvosaurus. It was the first museum in the world to display this beast, a rare carnivore from the Jurassic that is related to Tyrannosaurus Rex.

After the museum, you'll have a bus expedition around Tucumcari.

This town is still prosperous and offers Route 66 travelers the first real glimpse of what Route 66 was all about.

Motel Row is first - even today, the neon signs beckon and entice the wanderer to stop awhile and rest.

There will be a photo opportunity at the Rt. 66 Monument. You'll see the historic Blue Swallow Motel and others.

After your trip around Tucumcari, the bus will depart for Albuquerque, with a stop at Comet Drive-In in Santa Rosa, arriving at hotel about 6:30 PM.

Hotel check-in prior to dinner.

Dinner: Dinner from 7:00-8:00 PM in the MCM Elegante Hotel dining room.

Lodging: MCM Elegante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107 USA
phone: 505-884-2511
web: www.mcmelegante.com

Room amenities: Data ports, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, refrigerators upon request, new pillow-top mattresses

Facility amenities: Heated pool, spa and exercise room, gift shop, restaurant and lounge on premises

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Thursday, September 05 - Class on Route 66 in New Mexico/Indian Pueblo Cul...
Class on Route 66 in New Mexico/Indian Pueblo Cultural Center/Central Avenue (Rt. 66)/Old Town

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in hotel dining area from 7:00-8:30 AM

Morning: From 8:30-10:00 AM, you'll have a class about Route 66 in New Mexico.

At 10:15 AM, bus will depart for Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, arriving at 10:30 AM.

Owned and run by the 19 Indian Pueblos of New Mexico, this important center showcases the history of the Pueblo people through ancient artifacts, dance demonstrations, and art exhibits.

Route 66 definitely had an effect on Native Americans of the state, as it brought tourism to the state, a route via which commerce could reach from east to west, and more people to live in the area.

You'll enjoy the opportunity to see many of the beautiful exhibits here, and to think about how a highway could influence so many lives.

Lunch: Lunch from 12:00-1:00 PM at Sweet Tomatoes, a soup and salad buffet restaurant

Afternoon: Bus will depart at 1:00 PM for a visit to the Nob Hill area and Central Avenue, where many remnants of Route 66 businesses still exist. At 2:30 PM, bus will take you to Albuquerque's Old Town, where you'll have the rest of the afternoon free to explore.

Old Town is the site where the city of Albuquerque initially was located. There are many historic buildings here, including San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church. You'll have a good time wandering around the area looking at the adobe architecture, some of the shops, and visiting some of the historic buildings.

There is also a lovely Museum of Natural History close by, as well as some other museums. Your group leader will give you information about things to do in Old Town.

Bus picks you up at 5:30 PM to take you to dinner destination.

Dinner: Dinner at El Pinto Restaurant from 6:00-7:30 PM

Evening: Bus returns to the hotel at 7:30 PM

Lodging: MCM Elegante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This hotel, opened in 1937, drew many film stars while Wild West movies were being made in the area.

Ronald Reagan, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, and Kirk Douglas were among the many who stayed at El Rancho.

The hotel is decorated and furnished throughout in an Old West rustic style; autographed movie star photos, Navajo rugs, and other period decorations adorn its magnificent 2-story open lobby with circular staircase.

The hotel was and is located on Route 66.

Contact info:
1000 East Highway 66
Gallup, NM 87301 USA
phone: 800-543-6351
web: www.elranchohotel.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, HBO. The rooms are individually decorated and fully restored.

Facility amenities: New furnishings complement the refurbished antique furniture.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Friday, September 06 - Acoma Pueblo/Gallup/Richardson's Trading Post/Ear...
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel from 7:00-8:30 AM.

Morning: Bus departs at 9:00 AM for Acoma Pueblo.

Field trip around Acoma Pueblo at approximately 11:00 AM.

Acoma Pueblo , located 85 miles from Albuquerque, is often called "Sky City."

The oldest part of the pueblo was built on top of a 400-foot mesa, to protect it from attack.

Much as it was several hundred years ago, the pueblo has no electricity and no running water, but its residents vie for chances to live there for a year at a time.

There are other pueblo villages at the base of the mesa, where most of the Acoma Indians dwell.

You'll have an opportunity to explore the Visitors' Center, and then you'll be bused to the top of the mesa where you'll see the adobe dwellings, an old Spanish church and meet some of the inhabitants of this remarkable pueblo.

Bus departs for lunch destination.

Lunch: Pick up a boxed lunch at Acoma's Yaak'a Cafe - if there's time, you can eat it in the Cafe; if not, board bus and enjoy your lunch en route..

Afternoon: Bus departs for Gallup at 12:30 PM.

You'll travel along some remaining parts of old Rt. 66 and will stop for several photo opportunities.

The bus will take a jog through Grants, NM. It is a railroad town and trading center for a large agricultural and ranching territory.

The junctions of NM 53 and NM 174 unite with US 66 west for 4 miles; the roads aren't the greatest for the bus to travel on, but you should know about the alignments.

Your group leader will talk about the original Rt. 66 and the areas through which it passed. You'll take a little detour (Exit 47; I-40 crosses the Continental Divide at 7,275 feet) off the interstate where Rt. 66 crossed it. It's not terribly exciting, but entrepreneurs still exploit it!

At Exit 26, the red rock gets seriously splendiferous at Red Rock State Park.

Gallup is rough around the edges, but nonetheless, a gem. At its heart, Rt. 66 splits vintage storefronts on one side from the railroad tracks on the other. The town was forged by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway in 1881.

Before the railroad was built, there was only a saloon and general store here; it was built about 1880, was called the Blue Goose, and it is still standing--and served as a stop on the Westward Overland Stage.

Gallup is the main shipping point and buying center for the Navajo wool clip. Many Navajos from the vast reservation come here to trade, do their laundry, and cash their checks.

You'll have a special visit to Richardson's Trading Post. The Richardsons have traded with the Indians since 1913, and the place is as much a living museum as a store.

The bus will give you a tour of Gallup prior to hotel check-in at 5:00 PM.

The El Rancho Hotel, was built in 1937 to house stars filming Western movies in the area. Ronald Reagan, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, and Kirk Douglas were among the many who stayed at El Rancho. The hotel is decorated and furnished throughout in an Old West rustic style.

Dinner: After hotel check-in, board bus to go to Earl's Family Restaurant from 6:30-8:00 PM.

Heavy on comfort food such as chicken fried steak, you can also select Navajo tacos and mexican food.

Local Native Americans market their wares outside the restaurant, and inside, move around among the Formica-topped tables offering jewelry and other items

This restaurant was on old Rt. 66 and is a lot of fun for participants to experience.

Evening: After dinner, the bus will take you on a short drive-around in Gallup to see the neon lights, so famous oon Route 66. Return to the hotel by 8:30 PM.

Lodging: El Rancho Hotel and Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located three miles from the historic downtown area and is centrally located for easy access to Flagstaff's many attractions.

Contact info:
2015 S. Beulah Boulevard
Flagstaff, AZ 86001 USA
phone: 180-044-7413
web: www.laquinta.com/flagstaff

Room amenities: Working windows that actually open (!), high-speed Internet access, cable TV, pay-per-view movies, air conditioning, complimentary newspaper, free local calls, voice mail, coffee/tea maker, complimentary toiletries, hair dryer, iron/ironing board

Facility amenities: The hotel offers fresh, contemporary decor, wake-up service, fitness room, hot tub, outdoor heated pool.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Saturday, September 07 - Gallup to Holbrook to Winslow to Flagstaff/Lunch ...
Gallup to Holbrook to Winslow to Flagstaff/Lunch at La Posada Hotel/Galaxy Diner

Breakfast: Hotel check-out by 6:45 AM. Board bus by 7:00 AM for drive to Gallup's Golden Corral for breakfast from 7:15-8:00 AM

Morning: Bus will depart about 8:00 AM. We'll make a stop at Petrified Forest National Park, the Painted Desert Inn Overlook, then continue on to Holbrook, Arizona, a frontier town in 1881 - and still a frontier town now!

In the 1880s, the frontiersmen were cowboys, cattle ranchers and railroaders who made Holbrook the center of ranch country.

In the 1930s through the 1950s, the "frontiersmen" were travelers of Route 66, known as The Mother Road and The Main Street of America.

This narrow strip of asphalt was a symbol of hope for farmers fleeing the dust bowl and soldiers starting a new life after World War II. Today, Holbrook is the frontier for modern explorers.

Bus continues on to Winslow. Here, you'll see the historic La Posada Hotel. This magnificent property, designed by renowned architect, Mary Colter, is the last of the great Harvey Houses of the 1930s. As the showplace of the entire Santa Fe Railroad system, all passenger trains running between Los Angeles and Chicago stopped at La Posada.

The hotel has been beautifully restored and is in full operation.

Route 66 buffs enjoy Winslow's historic downtown district.

Lunch: Lunch at La Posada Hotel in Winslow. You'll feel like a "frontier person" yourself! The food is great, and the atmosphere is even better!

Afternoon: The bus will depart from Winslow, travel just a few miles and take a little diversion to Meteor Crater. This is an amazing site, and it was a big attraction for folks traveling Route 66.

You'll then continue on to Flagstaff.

During this part of the program, you'll have a step-on guide who knows this part of the country very well and can really tell you about all the things you'll see from Holbrooke to Flagstaff.

Upon arrival in Flagstaff, we'll check in at the hotel, and then if you wish, the bus will take you to the charming downtown area where you can have a few hours on your own.

Bus will pick you up at designated location and take you back to the hotel and then to our dinner destination.

Dinner: Dinner at the Galaxy Diner in Flagstaff.

Lodging: La Quinta Inn & Suites Flagstaff

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: European style boutique hotel is the oldest hotel in Arizona, with individually decorated rooms.

Contact info:
145 W. Route 66
Williams, AZ 86046-2528 USA
phone: 928-635-1419
web: thegrandcanyonhotel.com

Room amenities: Ceiling fan, hair dryer, free wi-fi

Facility amenities: Free wi-fi; bar/lounge; smoke free; coffee, tea, microwave and television in lobby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Thirteen: Sunday, September 08 - Williams, AZ, South Rim of Grand Canyon
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel and check-out by 7:30 AM

Morning: Bus departs for trip to South Rim of Grand Canyon at 8:00 AM. You'll see the tallest peak in Arizona, the Painted Desert, the Little Colorado River Gorge, and the glorious Grand Canyon.

The first stop in the Canyon is at the Desert View Lookout on the East Rim. You'll have plenty of time to take in the views of the Colorado River and the Painted Desert from the observation tower.

Next, we will stop at Grand Canyon Village on the Canyon's South Rim, where there are many famous buildings including El Tovar and Hopi House. You'll have some free time to explore the buildings or walk along the paved rim trail.

Lunch: Lunch will be at a selected restaurant or, if timing is an issue, we'll carry boxed lunches with us on the bus.

Afternoon: The exploration of the South Rim will continue into the afternoon. You should wear comfortable shoes, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. We'd advise you to layer clothing, as it can be cool in the early morning, but gets much warmer in the afternoon.

Don't forget your camera!

The bus will depart for Williams, AZ about 3:00 PM.

Hotel check-in upon arrival in Williams.

Dinner: Dinner will be from 6:00-7:00 PM.

We know you'll be tired, so we have nothing planned for the rest of the evening!

Lodging: Grand Canyon Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The hotel is located in the heart of the high desert just two hours from Los Angeles International Airport and the beach, and three hours from Las Vegas, NV

Contact info:
12603 Mariposa Road
Victoville, CA 92395 USA
phone: 760-952-1200
web: hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=VCVGIGI

Room amenities: Garden Sleep System beds, ergonomic desk chair, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, two telephones with data port and voice mail, high speed Internet, hair dryer, iron and ironing board

Facility amenities: 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, automated teller, bar area, coin-op laundry, elevators, lounge, news stand, room service, safety deposit box, business center, photo copying service, fitness center, whirlpool, swimming pool, restaurant

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Fourteen: Monday, September 09 - Seligman and Rt. 66 Museum/Valentine/Hackberry/Ki...
Seligman and Rt. 66 Museum/Valentine/Hackberry/Kingman in Arizona/Needles, Barstow, Victorville in CA

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel from 7:00-8:30 AM and hotel check-out.

Morning: Bus departs Williams at 9:00 AM with local guide. You'll begin with an excursion through Seligman, AZ. Visit their Rt. 66 Museum and a few of their iconic businesses. Seligman is a Rt. 66 town all the way. Founded in 1895, it was an important railroad stop along the line. You'll see evidence of the glory days; the Aztec Motel, the Snow Cap Drive-In, the Copper Cart Cafe, 66 Road Kill Cafe, and numerous Rt. 66 gift shops.

There will be short stops in Valentine and Hackberry.

Bus continues on to Kingman. The Quality Inn Motel is totally dedicated to Rt. 66; each room is named for a person that's tied to the 66 legend. You'll visit the old Powerhouse Building, which has been converted to a Rt. 66 Museum and Visitors' Center. At the famous Rt 66 Mural, there will be a stop for a group photograph.

Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurant in Kingman, AZ

Lunch: After lunch, bus continues on to Needles, which is where we'll cross the Arizona border into California. Needles has long been a railroad town, and train spotters may enjoy a view of the railroad yard, with its huge Harvey House hotel, El Garces, which is being restored. Known as the hottest place in the U.S., Needles isn't exactly a huge town, but it's historic! On the east side of Needles, is the sign for the vintage 66 Motel. Nearby is the official "Welcome Wagon," a reconstructed freight wagon bearing the town name.

We'll take Interstate 40 for part of the way to Victorville, and take a few little diversions onto old Rt. 66 when it's safe.

We'll pass through Cadiz Summit, Amboy (with its giant roadrunner!) and the Amboy Crater which is a U.S Dept. of the Interior National Landmark, whose lava flow crosses Rt. 66 a bit west., and Ludlow, where, if there's time, we'll stop at the Ludlow Cafe/Coffee Shop for a bit of a break. (You're in the Mojave Desert now, in case you didn't notice!).

We'll get back on the Interstate and travel into Barstow, a town that owes its existence to the railroads. We'll stop at the Route 66 Mother Road Museum there, a truly first class collection of displays and artifacts of road and region (we'll make an appointment for our visit).

From Barstow, we'll drive on to Victorville, where we'll check into our hotel upon arrival.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the Hilton Garden Inn in Victorville from 6:00-7:00 PM. The rest of the evening is free.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Victorville

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located in downtown Los Angeles, this lovely hotel is near the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles Zoo, Music Center of Los Angeles, Dodger Stadium, Beverly Hills, NBC Studios Tours, Universal Studios Hollywood/City Walk

Contact info:
333 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071 USA
phone: 213-617-1133
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/fact-sheet/travel/laxdt-los-angeles-marriott-downtown

Room amenities: air conditioning, alarm clock, individual climate control, iron and ironing board, luxurious down bedding, Cable TV, down/feather pillows or foam pillows, safe, voice mail, hair dryer, separate tub and shower, in-room coffee, toll free phone calls

Facility amenities: High speed Internet access, lobby bar and lounge, restaurant, 13 floors, 400 rooms, 2-story lobby, pool, concierge desk, business center, room service, safe deposit boxes, express check-out

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: request quote from hotel
Adding a night after would be fine; as this program is on the move, a night before would not be appropriate

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Fifteen: Tuesday, September 10 - Victorville/San Bernadino/Los Angeles/Santa Monic...
Victorville/San Bernadino/Los Angeles/Santa Monica and terminus of Rt. 66/Disney Center Concert

Breakfast: Breakfast at Hilton Garden Inn Restaurant from 7:00-8:00 AM and hotel check-out

Morning: The bus will depart Victorville at 8:30 AM. With as many diversions from the interstate as possible (it's a bit difficult by this point of the trip, as we're getting into the "suburbs" of Los Angeles and traffic gets most entertaining!), we'll travel to San Bernadino, which is home to several vintage motels, but these were bypassed long ago and cater to "long term" trade. As an aside, the first McDonalds Restaurant was built here in 1948.

Moving right along, we'll go through Rialto, with its concrete Tee Pees of the Wig Wam Motel, which has been renovated and refreshed.

Somewhere in the outskirts of Los Angeles, we'll pick up our step-on-guide, who will assist our wonderful bus driver in navigating the wilds of Los Angeles, and who will point out more Rt. 66 icons, as they appear.

We'll wend our way to Santa Monica Boulevard, where you can, sometimes, see the famed Hollywood Sign on the north side.

We'll go straight to the TERMINUS OF ROUTE 66 (did you know there was more than one?!!) in Santa Monica, and we'll choose the "Unofficial" end of '66, the Will Rogers Highway Marker in Palisades Park, at the "T" intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Ocean. The 14-block park tops a sheer bluff, lined with exotic palms and shrubs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The marker is a great photo op to mark the end of your trip, as is the neon Santa Monica yacht Harbor Sign.

The streets here are rather tight and crowded, so the bus may park someplace and you'll walk around this beautiful area.

Lunch: Lunch will be "on your own" today. There are six restaurants we'll recommend to you, and you can choose one that suits your fancy.

Afternoon: After lunch, you'll have some time to wander around, checking out some of the attractions in this area.

Your step-on-guide will have some ideas for other places to visit this afternoon, so we'll take the bus and drive through Hollywood or whatever your guide thinks you should see.

About 3:00 PM, we'll drive back into Los Angeles, and check in at the Downtown Marriott.

You'll have some time to relax before dinner at the hotel.

Dinner: We'll have a special program's end dinner in the hotel's lovely restaurant, and the program closing remarks.

Evening: The last evening will be spent by walking from the hotel to the Disney Concert Hall across the street, where you'll hear a concert there (schedule not yet available).

This will be a lovely finish to this Route 66 program.

Lodging: Los Angeles Marriott Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Sixteen: Wednesday, September 11 - Breakfast and Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel dining room early in the morning.

Hotel check-out and departure anytime after breakfast.

We sincerely hope that this program will have fulfilled your expectations and exceeded them. Have a safe journey home!

Meals Included: Breakfast


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