Highlights of Route 66 with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Follow legendary Route 66 and see how Americans traveled from the 1920s through the 1960s. This historic route begins in Chicago, travels through eight states, and ends in Los Angeles. On this Route 66 tour, you’ll get the opportunity to travel to some of the cities along Route 66, visit many of the Route 66 museums, and step back in time to when the journey was part of the fun.Visit Pontiac’s Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum, featuring memorabilia from the heyday of Route 66. In Oklahoma, visit Pops, a landmark building selling gas, sodas, shakes, and diner food. At the National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, antique cars and historic documents help you feel what it was like to travel Route 66. In New Mexico, visit Russell’s Car Museum, featuring classic cars and memorabilia. Travel though Williams—in Arizona—listed in the National Register for Historic Places and where you’ll see neon signs of the intact circa 1940s “Motel Row.” Before arriving at the end of Route 66 in Santa Monica, California, visit the Barstow Route 66 Museum, which houses a collection of historic Route 66 artifacts and photographs. In Albuquerque, be part of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Stand in awe as you experience the morning’s pre-dawn opening ceremonies and the unforgettable Mass Ascension, where hundreds of hot air balloons take off, turning the sky into a virtual rainbow of colors. It is spectacular! This tour also deviates from Route 66, so you can see breathtaking scenery at the Grand Canyon and experience the excitement of Las Vegas. These are just some of the many highlights of this Route 66 tour designed for value-minded travelers. Sit back, relax, and let Cosmos handle the driving and details while you enjoy!
Sightseeing:In Chicago, Oklahoma City, and Los Angeles; orientation in St. Louis, Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Gateway Arch, Will Rogers Memorial Museum, Elk CIty National Route 66 Museum, Pops Landmark Diner & Gas Station, Russell’s Car Museum, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta & Mass Ascension and Barstow Route 66 Museum. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
CHICAGO Holiday Inn Chicago Mart (F)SPRINGFIELD State House Inn (MF)ST. LOUIS Pear Tree Inn Union Station (ST)BRANSON Comfort Inn Thousand Hills (ST)OKLAHOMA CITY Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel (SF)AMARILLO Drury Inn & Suites Amarillo (ST)ALBUQUERQUE Crowne Plaza Albuquerque (SF)FLAGSTAFF Days Hotel Flagstaff (MF)GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK Grand Canyon National Park Lodges (NP)LAS VEGAS Harrah’s Las Vegas Casino and Hotel (F)LOS ANGELES L.A. Hotel Downtown (SF)
4 continental breakfasts, 1 breakfast
NOTE: This special departure includes all activities on our regular departures, except the visit to Acoma Sky City.
Transportation:Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.