Route 66 Motorcycle Tours 2016-2017
Ride iconic Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles
Known as the “Mainstreet of America” or “Mother Road”, Route 66 is 2400 miles long from Chicago to Los Angeles, crosses three time zones and 8 States: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. It has been the path of migrants, dreamers, desperadoes and an entire generation of vacationers discovering the way west. Much of Route 66’s classic roads, restaurants, gas stations and nostalgic landmarks are preserved just as they were in the 1950s.
The famous and nostalgic Route 66 is the road created in heaven for motorcycle touring. Simply stated, this is the guided tour of America!
There’s nothing like being there…
This tour is also available in two shorter sections:
Eastern Route 66
- Chicago to Albuquerque
Western Route 66
- Albuquerque to Los Angeles
Enjoy all that the open road offers when you ride with Elite Special Event Tours. With many years of running motorcycle tours in the USA, we know what it takes to ensure you have the best time, with all details taken care of.
We plan each day’s ride with a balance of rest breaks and fuel stops; we know the best spot for a great coffee or a stunning photo and we’ll get you off the highways onto interesting roads.
Our ride leader knows the road well and he’s in radio contact with our support van to provide extra security.
The van becomes our shuttle to night time events so you don’t have to worry about how to get home and we pre-book our accommodation in comfortable hotels & motels.
All you have to do is relax and enjoy the scenery!
- Ride leader
- Support Van with spare bike
- Choice of bike model
- Daily maps and notes
- Planned rides
Day 1. Thursday. Arrive Chicago, IL
Check in to our tour hotel today. An EagleRider Tour Leader will be in the hotel lobby from 4pm to 6pm to greet you and take care of a few small details before we take to the open road in the morning. Tonight you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow riders as we enjoy our Welcome Dinner.
Day 2. Friday. Chicago – Springfield, IL
Today we put rubber to the hallowed pavement of Historic Route 66 for the first time. After picking up our bikes we start on the 2400 miles that lies ahead. Our first stop today will be the well known Route 66 Museum in Joliet, Illinois, a must for anyone traveling this great road.
Day 3. Saturday. Springfield, IL – St Louis, MO
The excitement is just beginning today. As we enter St. Louis, we see one of the most recognizable structures in the US, the Gateway Arch. The gleaming, stainless steel structure welcomes travellers heading from East to West.
Day 4. Sunday. St Louis, MO – Joplin,MO
Today you’ll be amazed with the scenery the Midwest has to offer. The roads out of Rolla are a rider’s dream. We take our time through the “Devils Elbow” to view what once was the deepest road cut in Missouri. Soon we’ll get a taste of what the real Route 66 was like. One of the few characters left on the Old Route 66 stills exists in Paris Springs Junction, MO. The Gay Parita Sinclair gas station has charm with a bit of Panache that shows us how they drew customers in by the hundreds. You’ll have one of the best days so far after our visit here that you will leave smiling. We end our day in Joplin.
Day 5. Monday. Joplin, MO – Oklahoma City, OK
This morning we’ll head for another city which has been immortalised in song – Tulsa. Then we’ll continue to the state capital, Oklahoma City, for overnight.
Day 6. Tuesday. Oklahoma City, OK – Amarillo, TX
We eagerly start today for an early visit to the Route 66 Museum in Clinton, Oklahoma. This is a favorite of all the museums along the route, as it walks visitors through each era of Historic Route 66 from the 1920s through present time. Then we ride to Amarillo, up in the northern Texas Panhandle. Amarillo may seem cut off from the rest of Texas, but it stands on one of the great American cross-country routes. For those who want a few more miles under their belt, you might like to explore stunning Palo Duro Canyon.
Day 7. Wednesday. Amarillo, TX – Santa Fe, NM
Say goodbye to the wide open spaces of Oklahoma and Texas as we make our way into the heart of the Western United States and one of her most beautiful cities, Santa Fe. This quaint town is nestled high in the Sangre de Cristo, (Blood of Christ) mountains, which are thought to have been named for the deep red hues of the mountains during some sunrises and sunsets. Founded in 1607, it is the second oldest city as well as the highest and oldest state capital in the USA.
Day 8. Thursday. Santa Fe at leisure
Today is a free day to relax. Santa Fe is rich in Spanish and Native American history and culture, a unique blend that is reflected in the local art, architecture and cuisine. If you feel like a ride today we can organize a day trip into the fresh mountain air of northern Arizona and southern Colorado; the trip north to Taos is stunning.
Day 9. Friday. Santa Fe, NM – Gallup, NM
As we head to Albuquerque in the high desert we see a change in scenery with red dirt plateaus and cactus blooms as well as examples of adobe architecture. Later we’ll stop at The Petrified Forest National Park. New Mexico is home to one of the oldest constantly inhabited cites in the America, Sky City, set on top of massive rock outcrops. We’ll detour to see this once in a lifetime view before continuing to Gallup.
Day 10. Saturday. Gallup, NM – Grand Canyon AZ
I t seems our ride is just getting better each day. The Eagles must have passed through Winslow, Arizona and once we finish singing the song “Standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona” in our head we remount and continue to Flagstaff. The miles of road just before Flagstaff are great riding. Next up: The Grand Canyon. It is GRAND. It’s hard to explain just how big the Grand Canyon is. No picture truly captures the grandeur and
enormous size of this natural wonder. Here is where your tour leader shines. We’ll show you how to find the best photo stops and navigate this park with ease.
Day 11. Sunday. Grand Canyon AZ – Laughlin, NV
Your passion for motorcycle riding will be repaid today as we open the throttle and let the wind fly by. The morning’s view is outstanding. There are some long stretches and a few twisty curves in the morning but later on it all opens up. By the afternoon we are treated to an odd and wonderful sight as we approach the scenic vistas just before coming into Oatman, AZ. This town has a standing army of burros that roam free and you get a sense of what the mining days of the Wild West were like. Then on to Laughlin, Nevada.
Day 12. Monday. Laughlin – Las Vegas, NV
A short ride today as we detour to Las Vegas. Cruise down The Strip and take
in the amazing lights and sights!
Day 13. Tuesday. Las Vegas, NV – Victorville, CA
The Mojave desert is a place only a few riders ever explore. Cross the Devil’s Playground and ride some dramatic scenery with startling volcanic formations and large stands of Joshua trees. From the desert we climb to the cool of the San Gabriel Mountains. Set the throttle on cruise and just enjoy the ride.
Day 14. Wednesday. Victorville, CA – Los Angeles, CA
Glitz, glamour, palm trees and fresh ocean air permeate our ride westward. Your Tour Leader takes you to Santa Monica pier to see the plaque that announces the final destination of Route 66. Later we’ll return our bikes and tonight we’ll gather at a restaurant to reminisce about our trip.
Day 15. Thursday. Tour ends Los Angeles
Your tour ends this morning. Perhaps extend your stay in Los Angeles, or travel to other parts of the USA. We can help with your additional travel arrangements.
LIKE TO RIDE A TRIKE?
On a trike you never have to lean into a turn or put your feet on the pavement when you stop at a light, but you still get the open-air thrills of riding a motorcycle. With plenty of power and some cushy appointments, this is a great bike for relaxing, long-distance touring.
We have multiple departures between April and October see our brochure for all the details.
- 14 nights hotel accommodation
- 13 days late model motorcycle rental
- Free fuel & oil
- Unlimited mileage
- Daily Breakfast
- Welcome & Farewell Dinners
- Helmets for driver and passenger
- Custom Riding Jacket
- Leather-bound custom Road Book
- Professional Tour Leaders
- Support Vehicle equipped with spare bike and room for additional luggage
- Sales tax & environmental surcharges
- National Park entrance fees
- Hotel Parking fees
- Discounted Activities
- Transfers between hotel & bike rental
Not included: Airfares, Insurance, meals other than listed, drinks, tips, personal items.
Airfares are not included in the price so you can take advantage of the best fare available when you book.We can assist you with flight bookings.
“Get your kicks on Route 66”