Historic Route 66
Las Vegas To Albuquerque
Las Vegas To Albuquerque
You will be fascinated, and entertained as we follow the Mother Road across Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico visiting some of the well-known, and less well known, attractions that made this the summer vacation for thousands of Americans.
We will experience the scenic train from Williams to the Grand Canyon, visit the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert, marvel at the mile wide crater left by a meteor impact in the desert of Arizona. Feed wild burros, explore roadside ruins, take a tour of the Grand Canyon Caves (where the term dope on a rope was made famous), in short… become a kid again. This has been one of our favorite tours to plan and we know you will not be disappointed. A full detailed itinerary and dates will be available shortly.
*Tour Includes 9 days and 8 nights lodging, all attraction and park entry fees including the Historic train ride to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, 2 Dinners, 2 Lunches and 8 breakfasts and a great guide and comfortable transportation.
Arrive in Las Vegas and catch the shuttle to our hotel, do a little gambling or catch a show. Your tour begins the next morning.
Lodging in Las Vegas
Your guide will meet you at 8 am for departure from the hotel. We will travel first to the nearby Hoover Dam. This 726 foot (221 m) tall structure, built in the early 1930’s is a marvel of engineering and one of the many projects that kept otherwise unemployed Americans working during the Great Depression. The Dam itself is no longer part of the highway system but can be accessed by taking a side route.
After we depart the Hoover Dam we will make our way South to the town of Oatman, AZ. This quaint little mining town is filled with route 66 history. The town is famous for its wild burro population that roams the town freely waiting for kind tourist to reward them with carrots. A stop into the Oatman Hotel where the bar is decorated with thousands of 1 dollar bills is a must.
Dinner and lodging in Kingman, AZ.
After breakfast, we will travel along the longest unbroken stretch of Route 66. This stretch of Route 66 is home to several smaller communities including Hackberry and it’s popular General Store, Peach Springs, and Seligman where the first steps were taken to creating Historic Route 66.
Along our journey, we will make our way to Grand Canyon Caverns for a tour of a cavern system 230 ft (70 m) below the surface. This series of caves, once known as The Dinosaur Caves, was a favorite attraction for those making their way across the desert. In it’s early days you would pay 25 cents to be lowered by rope down into the canyon. Later a rickety set of stairs was installed for their patrons to descend into the depths. Now a modern elevator has been installed to make the descent accessible for all.
Finally we will rejoin I-40 for a short period to make our way into Williams, AZ for dinner and overnight stay.
Lodging in Williams, AZ.
In the morning we board the world famous Grand Canyon Railroad. The train will take us to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. From its yesteryears of transporting ore through the Wild West to our present-day journeys in the heart of the canyon, the Grand Canyon Railway has enchanted millions of people from around the world since 1901—and now it’s time for you to experience the wonderful romance of a voyage by train.
Take an unforgettable ride on one of our lovingly restored cars and hear folklore and tales from a crew who are still bewitched by their spectacular surroundings. Be entertained by authentic characters and musicians who bring the Old West to life. And lose yourself in the majesty, the magnificence that is Grand Canyon National Park.
Once you arrive at the canyon station you will be met by your guide and begin exploring one of the most well known parks in the world. We will make our way to El Tovar for a view of the famous Harvey House and walk along the rim of the canyon.
Your guide will then take you on a tour of overlooks and famous structures like the Desert Watch Tower before returning to Williams for another night is this fun Route 66 town.
Lodging in Williams, AZ
As we begin our journey we make a stop at Bearizona just outside the town of Williams. Bearizona is home to black and brown bears as well as bison and other woodland animals. We will tak a 3 mile drive through Bearizona’s nearly 160 acres of ponderosa pines.
From here we travel to the town of Jerome, Az. This town famous for it’s haunted places was once a thriving mining town. Now, this beautiful terraced town, reminisceent of the terraced villages of Italy, is home to many artists and craftsman. Nellie Bly’s an amazing kaeidoscope shop is a must see. We will have lunch before departingg.
After lunch we will visit Sedona, AZ. Once in town we will take a city tour on the open air tram with a stop at the Church of the Holy Cross, a unique church built a top a red rock fin. You will also have some time to explore the downtown shops.
We will then make our way to Flagstaff Arizona. We we will visit the renowned Lowell Observatory where Pluto was discovered. Weather permitting we will have the opportunity to view the sky’s through some of the larger telescopes and enjoy a night sky presentation.
Dinner and Lodging in Flagstaff, AZ.
After Breakfast we are will make our way to Two Guns, AZ. This once wild west town is located just off I-40 and was once a major stopping point for both the National Trails system and what later became Route 66. Now a ghost town you can still see the relatively intact ruins of the more than 100 year old trading post, lodge buildings and mountain lion zoo that once thrived in this area.
From there on we will move on to Meteor Crater. This mile wide crater was created by an impact more than 50,000 years ago. One of the best preserved craters in the world, it served as a training ground for Apollo astronauts in their moon landing missions.
Once we finish at Meteor Crater we will make our way to Winslow Arizona for Lunch at La Posada.
After lunch we will have the opportunity to visit the corner made famous by the Eagles song “Take it Easy”. We will make a stop at standing on the corner park for photos, and if desired a little shopping for route 66 memorabiliaa.
We will then make our way to Holbrook, AZ. This unique little town was a major stop on Route 66. We will see the famous Wigwam motel, portrayed in Disney’s Cars movie as the Cozy Cone.
Dinner and Lodging in Holbrook, AZ.
As we leave Holbrook, AZ we will make our way into Petrified Forest and Painted Desert National Park. We will take walks out into the park and stop at several beautiful view points to get the best photos of the amazing colors.
We are going to take a slight detour off of the Route to stop at the Hubbell Trading Post, the longest operating trading post in the country and one of the 27 trading posts Hubbell ran during the heyday of the west. Once used by settlers, and natives alike it is still a great place to find authentic Native American jewelry and Navajo rugs.
Afterward we will travel to Window Rock AZ the capital of the Navajo Nation. We will view the beautiful Window carved from the rock by wind and water, see the Navajo monument to the Code talkers of WWII and then make our way to Gallup, NM.
Overnight Gallup, NM
Our final day we will travel from Gallup New Mexico to the Acoma Pueblo.
“Acoma Pueblo is built atop a sheer-walled, 367-foot sandstone bluff in a valley studded with sacred, towering monoliths. Since 1150 A.D., Acoma Pueblo has earned the reputation as the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America. The mesa-top settlement is known worldwide for its unique art and rich culture. “ -an excerpt from The History of the Acoma Pueblo.
Here we will take a tour of the mesa top pueblo and enjoy some time to shop at the Acoma peoples vendor stands.
After the tour we will have lunch at the cafe before continuing on to Old Town Albuquerque. We will spend some time visiting this historic part of Albuquerque. We will then end the day with a farewell dinner before retiring to our hotel for the evening.
Drop off at the Albuquerque airport and say goodbye to your guide.