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Highlights of Route 66 with Mother Road Festival & Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2024

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Get your kicks on Route 66 with a legendary trip across America. This historic route, which was called the “Main Street of America” for more than 50 years before the advent of the US Interstate system, begins in Chicago, travels through eight states, and ends in Los Angeles. On this trip down memory lane, you’ll visit the major cities along Route 66, see many of the Route 66 museums, and step back in time to when the journey was part of the fun. And you’ll be just in time to experience two special events - the 20th Annual Mother Road Festival and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta! The annual Mother Road Festival in Springfield, Illinois, brings automobile and motorcycle enthusiasts with hot cars, cool trucks, and vintage bikes together to salute Route 66 and the tradition of the open road. Enjoy classic cars, live entertainment, contests and prizes, and other scheduled activities. On to St. Louis to witness amazing views of the city and the Mississippi River from the top of the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch. Visit Branson, Missouri – one of America’s most popular entertainment destinations and opt for dinner and a show. Visit the National Route 66 Museum in Elk City to view antique cars and historic documents that help you feel what it was like to travel Route 66. In Albuquerque, watch the colorful spectacle of hundreds of balloons rising into the sky at the early morning Balloon Glow and the Mass Ascension at the International Balloon Fiesta, before continuing your journey. Deviate from Route 66 to see breathtaking scenery at one of the Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon and then experience the excitement of Las Vegas where you can explore the Vegas Strip, take an optional raft trip on the Colorado River, or just relax by the pool. In Los Angeles, you’ll enjoy a tour of Hollywood, the Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, and finally Santa Monica, the ending point of Route 66. Discover vintage Americana, wide open spaces, and national treasures on this Route 66 tour designed for value-minded travel lovers.

  1. Day 1
    CHICAGO
    Welcome to Chicago, the start of Route 66! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer questions.
  2. Day 2
    CHICAGO
    Known as the “Windy City,” Chicago is home to one of America’s tallest buildings, legends such as Al Capone and his notorious gang, and countless jazz and blues clubs. Get to know this exciting city on a morning sightseeing tour that includes seeing the sign marking the start of historic Route 66. This afternoon is at leisure. Ride the elevator to the top of the Willis Tower(formerly the Sears Tower), explore The Magnificent Mile, or stroll along Navy Pier. (CB)
  3. Day 3
    CHICAGO–PONTIAC–SPRINGFIELD-INTERNATIONAL ROUTE 66 MOTHER ROAD FESTIVAL
    This morning, take a spin through Route 66 memorabilia with a visit to the Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac. Housed in a historic fire station, this collection of fascinating items includes large maps to sketch out your upcoming Route 66 adventure, as well as nostalgic photos and postcards from the Mother Road’s” heyday. On to Springfield, the capital of Illinois, where we will visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. The evening is yours to enjoy the International Route 66 Festival, where the streets come alive with the rumble of engines from hotrod cars, cool trucks, and vintage motorcycles. There is free live entertainment featuring R&B, Motown, and chart-topping tunes of the 50s and 60s. There are also various exhibitors, vendors, and dozens of specialty food stalls. (CB)
  4. Day 4
    SPRINGFIELD–ST. LOUIS
    Cross the mighty Mississippi River and continue to St. Louis, “Gateway to the West.” Your orientation tour includes the towering Gateway Arch National Park. Ascend to the top of the 630-foot-tall arch for a panoramic view of the city and river. Then drive along an original stretch of Route 66 and get the chance to savor some of Ted Drewes Frozen Custard.
  5. Day 5
    ST. LOUIS–BRANSON
    Travel through the Missouri countryside en route to Branson, known as The Live Music Capital of the World. Enjoy free time to explore historic downtown Branson, situated along Lake Taneycomo. No visit to Branson is complete without seeing a live performance, so join your Tour Director for an optional dinner tonight followed by a music-filled show. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    BRANSON–TULSA–OKLAHOMA CITY
    This morning, depart the Ozarks and continue through America’s “Bible Belt” into Cowboy Country. After a quick drive through Kansas, enter Oklahoma, once known as Indian Territory and home to the Cherokee Nation. In Tulsa, see the “East Meets West” sculpture that pays tribute to Cyrus Avery, “The Father of Route 66.” Later today, arrive in Oklahoma City. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    OKLAHOMA CITY–ELK CITY–AMARILLO
    Start the day with a city sightseeing tour of Oklahoma City, the capital and largest city in Oklahoma. From here, travel to Elk City and visit the National Route 66 Museum for a journey through each of the eight states through which iconic Route 66 passes. Continue into the Texas Panhandle en route to Amarillo, the Yellow Rose of Texas. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    AMARILLO–TUCUMCARI–ALBUQUERQUE
    On the way out of Amarillo, stop at Cadillac Ranch, a quirky art sculpture consisting of a collection of 10 Cadillacs. Before crossing into New Mexico, reach Adrian, the halfway point on Route 66. Across the New Mexico border, visit Russell’s Car Museum, featuring classic cars and memorabilia. Next, stop in Tucumcari and shop for souvenirs at Teepee Curios. See the iconic Blue Swallow Motel that has been serving travelers of Route 66 since 1939, along with many original signs from the town’s heyday. Visit Central Avenue in Albuquerque, where many of the original Route 66 buildings and businesses still stand. Afterward, there’s free time to enjoy this old town with its fine parish church and Spanish-style plaza. (CB)
  9. Day 9
    ALBUQUERQUE
    This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or sunbathe in the New Mexico sunshine. Consider an optional Albuquerque Trolley ride or a short walk to Old Town, site of the city’s original settlement. Or visit one of the city’s fine museums, like the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, Albuquerque Museum, or the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
  10. Day 10
    ALBUQUERQUE–GALLUP–WINSLOW–WILLIAMS
    Enjoy an unforgettable experience at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s early morning Balloon Glow followed by the Mass Ascension, where hundreds of colorful hot-air balloons fill the morning sky. Depart Albuquerque and cross the Continental Divide and continue to Gallup, sometimes called the “Indian Capital of the World.” It is the homeland of Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, and many other tribes who comprise a large percentage of the population. Then we’ll be “Standing on the Corner of Winslow, Arizona”, the sleepy Route 66 town made famous by The Eagles in their hit song “Take It Easy”. The next two nights are in Williams, gateway to the Grand Canyon, and listed in the National Register for Historic Places. The Historic Downtown District covers six square blocks and boasts a rich heritage that features the Old West and Route 66.
  11. Day 11
    WILLIAMS. EXCURSION TO GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
    Deviate from Route 66 to see one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Grand Canyon National Park. Wander along the canyon rim for breathtaking views and wildlife with the chance to spot elk grazing in the forested areas on the South Rim. Consider an optional helicopter flightseeing tour for an unforgettable bird’s-eye-view of the canyon. Return to Williams where the evening is free to explore the historic Americana-style shops and restaurants dating back to the early 1900s. Be sure to take note of the neon signs of the preserved circa 1940s “Motel Row.”
  12. Day 12
    WILLIAMS–SELIGMAN–LAS VEGAS
    Depart Williams for Seligman, home to the rebirth of Route 66. Detour once again from Route 66 to visit the bright lights of Las Vegas. An orientation tour upon arrival shows off many of the themed casino resorts along the glittering “Strip.” This evening, join an optional night on the town featuring an extravagant dinner followed by a dazzling live show featuring top Vegas entertainment.
  13. Day 13
    LAS VEGAS
    A day at leisure to relax by the pool or explore the legendary Las Vegas Strip. Ride the world’s highest rollercoaster, float through a Venetian canal, or test your luck at one of the many world-famous casinos—it’s all possible in Las Vegas! Don’t miss downtown Las Vegas, where you’ll find the Fremont Street Experience, five city blocks enclosed in a glass atrium and filled with dazzling lights, sounds, and action. A variety of optional excursions are available, including a float trip through dramatic Black Canyon on the Colorado River.
  14. Day 14
    LAS VEGAS–VICTORVILLE–LOS ANGELES
    Today, depart the man-made oasis of Las Vegas, and cross the natural beauty of Mojave Desert and the San Bernardino Mountains en route to Los Angeles. Visit the California Route 66 Museum to see its nostalgic 50’s diner, VW Love Bus, and the 1917 Model T Ford exhibits. Overnight in Los Angeles, where you’ll visit Santa Monica, the ending point of Route 66.
  15. Day 15
    LOS ANGELES
    Explore the exciting “City of Angels” with a morning tour of legendary Beverly Hills, Sunset Strip, and Hollywood, where you’ll walk along the stars on Hollywood Boulevard, and get a photo of the iconic Hollywood sign. Consider an optional Warner Brothers Studio tour, shop for souvenirs, or relax by the pool.
  16. Day 16
    LOS ANGELES
    Your vacation ends this morning. Consider extending your vacation with extra nights to explore Los Angeles further.

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Inclusions

On vacations that include an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.

Maximum elevation on tour: 7,262 ft

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Accommodations

Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase.

Chicago: Hotel Saint Clair
Springfield: Wyndham Springfield City Centre
St Louis: Pear Tree Inn St. Louis Convention Center
Branson: Comfort Inn at Thousand Hills
Oklahoma City: Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel
Amarillo: Country Inn & Suites Amarillo West
Albuquerque: Holiday Inn Express Albuquerque Midtown
Williams: Grand Canyon Railway Hotel
Williams: La Quinta Inn and Suites-Grand Canyon Area
Las Vegas: Sahara Las Vegas
Los Angeles: Westin Bonaventure

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Cosmos Tours Customer Reviews

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3.9
Accommodations
3.5
Itinerary
4.2
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
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Value for Money
3.8

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Great experience! Tour driver and guides are very professional, efficient, accommodating, and friendly. Visited places as advertised.

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Trip of a lifetime! Cosmos provides excellent service from the moment they pick you up at the airport until they drop you off when the tour is over. Their guides are professional, knowledgeable and extremely personable. I have booked cosmos tours four times and never been disappointed.

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I have taken about 18 wonderful tours with Cosmos. I am sold on Cosmos!

Excellent itinerary that matched the description. Knowledgeable, helpful, patient & courteous tour director, competent driver. Coach had ample leg room. Most hotel rooms were better than expected for this discount tour operator.

As always, COSMOS provided top level of service. Thank you

Our accommodations were above our expectations... the tour director was outstanding... very enjoyable vacation

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