Welcome to Route 66


In California, Route 66 mostly follows the National Trails Hwy, prone to potholes and dangerous bumps. From the beach in Santa Monica, it rumbles through the LA basin, crosses over the Cajon Pass to the railway whistle-stop towns of Victorville and Barstow and runs a gauntlet of Mojave Desert ghost towns, arriving in Needles near the Nevada state line.

In larger towns, Mother Road relics may require a careful eye amid more contemporary architecture, but as you head toward Nevada, wide-open vistas and the occasional landmark remain barely changed from the days of road-trippers.


Top experiences in Route 66

Route 66 activities

$139 Tours & Sightseeing

The Ultimate Los Angeles Bike Tour

“Voted the #1 bike tour in Los Angeles.   The best way to experience LA!” Yes! That is what USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and ABC-TV have all called this amazing adventure. This Los Angeles bike tour begins on the legendary Route 66 in West Hollywood, then goes through Beverly Hills and Bel-Air where you'll pedal past the extravagant and incredible celebrity palaces the Hollywood stars call home. Up next are LA’s world-famous beach towns of Santa Monica & Venice where you'll stop for lunch on the beach and then explore the famous Venice Canals.   After lunch, you’ll bike through Marina Del Rey & Culver City for a bike-by of the historic movie studios that put the City of Angels on the world map. There is time to rest with several breaks, including lunch on the beach and several walking tours along the way. This 32-mile, 6-hour excursion, which lets you enjoy the very best of LA leaving no sight unseen is definitely worthy of “bucket list” inclusion.

$218.99 Day Trips & Excursions

Arizona Ghost Town, Route 66, Wild West Tour from Las Vegas

After pickup from your Las Vegas hotel, take a short drive by comfortable van to the Hoover Dam for a brief photo stop. This 726-foot (221-meter) dam holds back the mighty Colorado River, behind which you’ll find Lake Mead, a beautiful man-made reservoir contained within the Black Canyon walls. Take all the ‘dam’ photos you want!Next, head to the small mining town of Chloride, a community that has survived the harsh desert environment since the 1860s. Silver and other minerals were mined here for decades, and after the mining boom was over, Chloride nearly became a ghost town. Today, Chloride is home to about 250 residents who are very proud of their mining history. Browse the antique shops; admire the various artistic sculptures; and chat with the locals before enjoying lunch.Next, drive along the Historic Route 66 highway to the small ghost town of Oatman. The present-day population of this ghost town is 150 people and one poltergeist who goes by the name of ‘Oatie the Ghost.’ He’s believed to be the poor spirit of William Ray Flour, an Irish miner who died behind the Oatman Hotel. Enjoy views of the Black Mountains and the tumbleweeds and wild burros that freely roam through the town. Have your picture taken alongside modern-day cowboys and bandits while posing in front of an authentic Route 66 sign. You'll also have a chance to take part in a Western shootout. Held in the middle of the street, this Western-style event features cowboys in costume standing face-to-face, ready to draw.Enjoy a drink at a local saloon (at own expense) before traveling through the Mojave Desert along the Veterans Memorial Highway, a road that cuts straight through empty desert landscape. Your last stop before returning to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas will be in El Dorado, which was named by the Spaniards who discovered gold in the area. This town served as the backdrop for many famous western movies and also housed the famous Techatticup Mine, where millions of dollars worth of gold and silver have been unearthed.Your tour will conclude with drop-off at your original departure point.

$26 Cultural & Theme Tours

Chicago Walking Tour: Art Deco Skyscrapers

During the period between the two World Wars, an eclectic design style developed that later became known as Art Deco, used to refer to a mix of styles from the 1920s and 1930s. Through the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Art Deco style infused the everyday world with an elegant style of cool sophistication. What characterizes Art Deco design most is its geometry and simplicity, often combined with vibrant colors and simple shapes that celebrate the rise of commerce and technology. From luxurious objects made from exotic materials to mass produced, streamlined items. Chicago's Jazz Age architecture was simply called Modernistic when it was created in the 1920s, and Moderne as it evolved into the Swing era of the 1930s. Whether starkly cubistic or smoothly streamlined, the new office and apartment buildings that redefined the skyline embodied the new language of building until the 1950s. On this tour you will discover the opulent exteriors and interiors of the Roaring '20s Jazz Deco buildings and the classic finishes of Art Moderne buildings. Learn of Chicago's influence on the international Art Deco movement, and trace the history of this short-lived but lively architectural heritage. Come and experience the very essence of Art Deco!

$119 Tours & Sightseeing

Small Group Highlights Tour of Los Angeles

Meet your guide and get comfortable in a new, climate controlled vehicle. You'll begin with a brief drive to the beautiful neighborhood of Venice Beach. Once a seaside resort town, this surfer’s paradise is crisscrossed with canals, just like its Italian namesake. Venice is the center of counter culture in LA and is home to some of the most eclectic and bohemian residents. Stroll down the vibrant Venice Boardwalk and enjoy its street vendors, artists and performers as you learn about the birth of skate boarding and surfing culture and make your way towards the iconic Santa Monica Pier. Along the way you will see the "Baywatch" headquarters, Muscle Beach, pass by the local Freak Show and let the laid back ambiance of Venice Beach wash over you. Next to Santa Monica to learn its interesting history. On the iconic pier you will be dazzled by the local flavor: live music, laughing children, happy travelers and carnival noises will heighten your senses and you will quickly come to understand why this is a beloved part of the city. Try your luck at one of the carnival games and feel instantly transported back in time. Finally, snap a photo beneath the landmark sign and say you made it to the end of Historic Route 66. After a leisurely lunch, now it's time to glitz it up in the center of cosmopolitan LA. Your group will cruise by La Cienega’s Restaurant Row and see some of the world's most famous restaurants! You all will view legendary institutions like the Saban Theater, home to many famous plays, musical events and filmed television segments from shows such as "Glee". Along the way you'll cruise the Miracle Mile and see some of LA County's Museum of Art outdoor exhibits. Right next door the group will behold the wonder that is the La Brea Tar Pits - a natural pit of tar that has trapped prehistoric animals and now displays their large, dinosaur like fossils throughout the park. As you make your way into Hollywood you will pass notable locations including the iconic Hollywood Sign. Count stars on the Walk of Fame. Fit your hands into the impressions of legendary actors at Sid Grauman's Chinese Theater. Don't forget to strike a pose at the Dolby Theater where the Oscars are held. Now cruise down Sunset Blvd. See iconic venues of famous rock stars: The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, The Ramones, Aerosmith and more! The day will wrap up scoping out the homes of the stars in glamorous Beverly Hills. Join your guide and walk the grounds of a billion dollar estate, Greystone Manor. Drive past impressive estates such as the Playboy Mansion, the homes of Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, Simon Cowell and more. As the journey ends on a high note with a visit to the premier shopping spot in America: 90210's Rodeo Drive.

$249 Tours & Sightseeing

Private Luxurious Tour of Los Angeles

Meet your guide and get comfortable in a new, climate controlled vehicle. You'll begin with a brief drive to the beautiful neighborhood of Venice Beach. Once a seaside resort town, this surfer’s paradise is crisscrossed with canals, just like its Italian namesake. Venice is the center of counter culture in LA and is home to some of the most eclectic and bohemian residents. Stroll down the vibrant Venice Boardwalk and enjoy its street vendors, artists and performers as you learn about the birth of skate boarding and surfing culture and make your way towards the iconic Santa Monica Pier. Along the way you will see the "Baywatch" headquarters, Muscle Beach, pass by the local Freak Show and let the laid back ambiance of Venice Beach wash over you.Next to Santa Monica to learn its interesting history. On the iconic pier you will be dazzled by the local flavor: live music, laughing children, happy travelers and carnival noises will heighten your senses and you will quickly come to understand why this is a beloved part of the city. Try your luck at one of the carnival games and feel instantly transported back in time. Finally, snap a photo beneath the landmark sign and say you made it to the end of Historic Route 66.After a leisurely lunch, now it's time to glitz it up in the center of cosmopolitan LA. Your group will cruise by La Cienega’s Restaurant Row and see some of the world's most famous restaurants! You all will view legendary institutions like the Saban Theater, home to many famous plays, musical events and filmed television segments from shows such as "Glee". Along the way you'll cruise the Miracle Mile and see some of LA County's Museum of Art outdoor exhibits. Right next door the group will behold the wonder that is the La Brea Tar Pits - a natural pit of tar that has trapped prehistoric animals and now displays their large, dinosaur like fossils throughout the park.As you make your way into Hollywood you will pass notable locations including the iconic Hollywood Sign. Count stars on the Walk of Fame while fitting your hands into the impressions of legendary actors at Sid Grauman's Chinese Theater. Don't forget to strike a pose at the Dolby Theater where the Oscars are held.Now cruise down Sunset Blvd. See iconic venues of famous rock stars: The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, The Ramones, Aerosmith and more! The day will wrap up scoping out the homes of the stars in glamorous Beverly Hills. Join your guide and walk the grounds of a billion dollar estate, Greystone Manor. Drive past impressive estates such as the Playboy Mansion, the homes of Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, Simon Cowell and more. As the journey ends on a high note with a visit to the premier shopping spot in America: 90210's Rodeo Drive.Please note: This is a sample itinerary which is able to be customized.

$26 Cultural & Theme Tours

Chicago Walking Tour: Modern Architecture

By the middle of the 20th century, architects trained in the tenets of Modernism began to experiment with new materials and forms. Their buildings featured technical precision, an expressed structure and a lack of ornamentation. But rather than just the “skin and bones” architecture advocated by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Mid-Century Modern buildings often used sculptural curved forms and fewer 90 degree angles than the International Style buildings that predated them.Architects experimented with poured concrete, rather than just steel and glass, and used various prefabricated methods of construction. Bertrand Goldberg’s Marina City is one such example.Characteristics include:Organic forms inspired by natureClean linesNo applied ornamentationInnovative uses of glassA mixture of various materials

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