Route 66 Motorcycle Tour™ – Self Drive Motorcycle Tour
15 Days / 14 Nights
Distance – 2430 Miles
Firstly, let us explain a little about Self-Drive Tours. Designed for those independent spirits who want to enjoy touring, but without any of the hassle of planning routes and dealing with logistics. Your Self-Drive package includes a late model, well maintained motorcycle, all quality hotel accommodation, a detailed, day by day itinerary with lots of useful tips, and transfers between your hotel and bike pick-up location. Routes have been meticulously planned by professionals, and take you along the most scenic and attractive roads in the area.
GPS navigation can also be arranged as an optional extra, with a Tomtom fully pre-programmed with your route and overnight stops, ensuring you spend less time studying the maps, and more time enjoying the ride.
The Route 66 Self-Drive Motorcycle Tour is a 15 day journey riding along the world famous “Mother Road” highway. You begin your tour in Chicago, IL and ride for 2400 exciting miles to Los Angeles, CA. Along the way you will pass through 8 states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, making stops in some of the most beautiful and historic American cities. You will get a definite sense of the 1950’s Mid West as you ride your Harley into the Ozark Mountains, along the Old West’s Indian country in Oklahoma, across the Great Plains, through the 400 year old city Sante Fe, NM, and into Nevada gambling Mecca, Laughlin. By the time you make it back to Los Angeles you will have toured the best of the “Mainstreet of America”, Route 66!
Day 1 : Chicago Arrival
You arrive at Chicago International Airport and transfer on your own to your hotel. In Chicago you are in the biggest and most exciting of the Great Lake cities. Chicago has a skyline to rival any city’s – a gamut of top-rated museums, restaurants and cafes, and innumerable bars and nightclubs that pay homage to the city’s strong jazz and blues heritage.
Day 2 : Chicago – Springfield -205 miles
This morning you pick up your bike and are off to 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 – Rolla – 205 miles
Your ride will take you further south as you head toward St. Louis and your overnight stop in Rolla. Along the way 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. Enjoy the short ride today into the “Gateway to the West,” St. Louis. 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. You will then continue to Rolla, MO, known as “The Middle of Everywhere” for your overnight stay.
Day 4 : Rolla – Tulsa – 290 miles
From Rolla your ride will take you along the northern edge of the Ozark Mountains, which occupies most of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. This area remained frontier territory until the timber companies moved in at the end of the 19th century. None of the Ozark Peaks are particularly high, though the roads through switch, dip, climb, and swerve to provide stunning views of steep hillsides thick with oak, elm, hickory, and redbud – all quite resplendent in fall. Ride through the famous towns of Lebanon and Conway and stop in Carthage to see the old beautiful courthouse. Before you enter the state of Oklahoma make a stop in Joplin. Oklahoma contains more miles of the old highway than any other state and is a great place for bikers and old-road fans. Today’s destination is Tulsa, Oklahoma. From its early days through its peak as an oil-boom town and up to the present, Tulsa has always been a city striving to move forward.
Day 5 : Tulsa – Clinton – 195 Miles
From Tulsa 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. The Choctaw and the Chickasaw of Mississippi, the Seminole of Florida, and the Creek of Alabama were each assigned a share, while the rest was given to the Cherokee from Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. 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 Clinton, the heart and soul of Route 66 country! Overnight.
Day 6 : Clinton – Amarillo – 180 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”. It certainly fulfills the fantasy of what Texas should look like. Once the buffalo – and the natives – had been driven away from what was seen as perilous and uninhabitable frontier country, the Panhandle began to yield great natural resources in the 1870’s. Helium, oil as well as agriculture, brought wealth to the region and is home to some of the world’s largest ranches. 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 color that is so characteristic to this region. Why don’t you enjoy dinner tonight at “The Big Texan Steakhouse”.
Day 7 : Amarillo – Santa Fe – 290 miles
Day 8 : Santa Fe – 0 miles
Day 9 : Santa Fe – Gallup – 200 miles
Day 10 : Gallup – Flagstaff – 185 miles
From Gallup it’s only about half an hour to the Arizona border. Once you enter Arizona enjoy a very scenic ride through the Petrified Forest, a fossilized prehistoric forest of giant trees that has been unearthed by erosion. Just west of Petrified National Forest you get to Holbrook and Winslow, two old Route 66 towns that are kept alive by transcontinental truckers. Tonight we will stay in Flagstaff, the northern Arizona community on historic Route 66 and is the regions hub for visits to the Grand Canyon.
Day 11 : Flagstaff – Williams – 165 miles
Today you will be able to visit one of the Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon comprises of layered rocks, cliffs, hills, and valleys and is among the earth’s greatest on-going geological spectacles. Today you will have plenty of time to ride along the rim and stop for amazing vistas and photos. Tonight you will overnight in Williams where you can walk, dine and shop in this historic downtown on Route 66.
Day 12 : Williams – Laughlin– 190 miles
Cruise down “Memory Lane” and head towards the town of Seligman, one of the longest surviving stretches of the “Mother Road”. From Seligman, Route 66 heads off on a northern loop through the Hualapai Indian Reservation and a dozens of quickly fading towns. From Seligman you stay on Route 66 all the way into Kingman. Leaving Kingman, stay on Route 66 via the Oatman Highway. Continue on Route 66 / Oatman Highway as you wind through the canyons surrounded by active and extinct gold mines. The town of Oatman is considered a living Ghost Town. Much of the village stays true to its heritage with staged gunfights and wild burros wandering the streets. Continue to the magical oasis in the dessert, Laughlin.
Day 13 : Laughlin – Victorville – 215 miles
Today it’s off to California, the final state on your ride down legendary Route 66. 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 Pinyon 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 – Los Angeles – 110 miles
Today you are on your way to the final destination of your legendary American road trip, Los Angeles. You head for the end of Route 66 at the Santa Monica Pier. Santa Monica is one of the oldest and largest LA’s resorts. Once a wild beachfront playground, it is 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. 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. The great news is that next ride is just a dream away, and EagleRider looks forward to welcoming you back very soon.
Day 15 : Depart Los Angeles
Today your exciting trip will conclude in Los Angeles. Congratulate yourself on having ridden the most iconic road in America. Let us know if you want an extra night or two in Los Angeles. Now, where do you want to go next time?
|2018 USD price per person|
|2 people, 1 bike, 1 room||$2820|
|2 people, 2 bikes, 1 room||$4020|
|1 person, 1 bike, 1 room||$5208|
Owing to exchange rate fluctuations, please Contact us for today’s best price
If a larger group of bikes are going on the tour, please ask us for a quote.
When you are going to be riding in hot temperatures, you may wish to consider our mesh and hyperkewl products to help keep you cool
A deposit of £300 per bike is required if you reserve your place more than 24 weeks before the tour starts. 50% of the tour price is required to be paid 24 weeks before the tour starts and the balance paid 12 weeks before the tour starts.
N.B. We reserve the right to alter prices to reflect exchange rate fluctuations.
Bikes and Cars Available for this Tour.
- All accommodations
- Late model Motorcycles
- Unlimited mileage
- Co-pilot book
- Helmets for the driver and passenger
- Transportation between hotel and EagleRider location (restrictions may apply at certain locations).
- Detailed day by day or hour by hour itinerary
- Routing with scenic drive specific for motorbikes
- Hotel Information
- Tips for local areas
- Sales tax
- Environmental surcharge
- VIP check-in at location
What’s Not Included
- Food and snacks
- Fuel and oil
- Personal souvenirs
- Parking fees, park entrance fees, road or toll charges
- Seasonal surcharges
- Rally surcharges
- Transfer airport-hotel-airport
- Theft & Damage Waivers and Supplementary Liability Insurance
Please see EagleRider Terms and Conditions at www.Eaglerider.com
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