Route 66 Adventures!

Route 66 Adventures!

Since 1926, driving down Route 66 has been the experience of a lifetime for travelers, adventures, desperados, and dreamers.

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Since 1926, driving down Route 66 has been the experience of a lifetime for travelers, adventures, desperados, and dreamers.

Route 66 Adventures!

“Get Your Kicks on Route 66”

Chicago to Oklahoma City

(Maximum 40 Passengers)

 

Included:

  • Fully escorted Gunther Motor Coach transportation

  • 9 nights hotel accommodations, including:

         - 3 nights at Hampton Inn OKC

  • 9 breakfasts

  • 3 lunches

  • 7 dinners

  • National Parks and Monuments, including:

          - Lincoln Home National Historic Site

          - Will Rogers Memorial Museum

          - Oklahoma City Memorial

  • Local Guide Service from Day 2 to Day 8
  • Attractions and admissions per itinerary, including:

          - Del Rhea’s Chicken Basket

          - Lou Mitchell’s Breakfast Counter

          - Route 66 Museum

          - Gateway Arch

          - Meramec Caverns

          - POPS Restaurant

          - Round Barn

          - Chandler Route 66 Interpretive Center

          - National Weather Center

          - Chickasaw Cultural Center

          - Bedré Fine Chocolate

          - The Toy and Action Figure Museum

          - American Banjo Museum

          - Remington Park Racetrack

          - National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

          - National Civil Rights Museum

          - Danny Thomas Memorial Gardens   

  • Baggage handling (1) per person

  • Driver, Escort and Step-on Guides Gratuities

Day 1

Welcome Aboard! Travel in comfort aboard our deluxe motor coach as we begin our journey west to explore a portion of Historic Route 66 from Chicago to Oklahoma City. Since 1926, driving down Route 66 has been the experience of a lifetime for travelers, adventures, desperados, and dreamers. We will spend the night in Ohio's Amish Country at a Comfort Inn. After checking into our hotel, we will later enjoy a delicious Amish Country buffet dinner at Dutch Valley Restaurant, "The Area's Amish Kitchen Cooking Destination".

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Day 2

After breakfast, we depart for Chicago, Illinois, the largest, most vibrant of the Great Lakes cities. Upon our arrival, we will greet our guide who will be traveling with us for the next six days. After checking into our hotel, located in the heart of Chicago, we begin our Route 66 tour with a short walk, 1 block from the hotel, to the starting point of Route 66 at the corner of Adams & Wabash for a photo stop. There's no better place to start than from the beginning point of the Mother Road! Then we take your first drive along the historic route as we travel to Del Rhea's Chicken Basket, on the edge of town, for a delicious one-of-a-kind dinner. The Chicken Basket opened in the summer of 1946 on Illinois Route 66 and 79th Street in Hinsdale, and today is located right next door to its original location. Because of the amount of traffic and distance from Chicago, the Chicken Basket was the perfect place for travelers to stop either going to or leaving from Chicago. The perfect location, the Chicken Basket soon became a Blue Bird bus stop. People came to the Chicken Basket to purchase bus tickets to travel as far away as Los Angeles, California or to send packages to loved ones anywhere in between Chicago and LA. Following dinner, we return to our hotel for a good night's sleep.

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Day 3

After breakfast, we meet our guide, and depart for a Chicago landmark, Lou Mitchell's breakfast counter (serving customers for nearly 80 years). Then we drive south to the first iconic Route 66 stop, Pontiac, Illinois at the Route 66 Museum. View nostalgic relics from The Mother Road, such as shield murals, photos, license plates and more. Then we continue on to Springfield, the capital of the state of Illinois. Springfield's favorite son was Abraham Lincoln and we will pay a visit to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the home that he lived in with his wife Mary Todd Lincoln, from 1844 until 1861 when he became US president. From Springfield, Illinois, it's only a couple of hours driving to St. Louis, Missouri. St. Louis is one of the largest cities in the USA with a metropolitan population of over 2.8 million. Founded in 1764 it became a major port on the Mississippi River. In 1904 the City hosted both the Summer Olympics and the World's Fair. St. Louis is home to the famous Gateway Arch, which commemorates the settlement of America's West, and it was from here that countless pioneers set out to conquer the wild western frontier. The 630 foot tall monument clad in stainless steel is the world's tallest arch, the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, and Missouri's tallest accessible building. Construction on the Arch began in February 1963, completed in October 1965 and was opened to the public in June 1967. Feeling adventurous? Your visit to the Gateway Arch is not complete without riding the unique tram system to the top of the awe-inspiring monument. From the observation room at the top of the arch you will encounter unforgettable views of the city and the Mississippi River. Before checking into our hotel accommodations in St. Louis, Missouri for the night, we are treated to a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 4

After breakfast, we meet our guide and begin your day by crossing the mighty Mississippi River, and stopping to tour Meramec Caverns, which were opened to tourist in the 1930's, just about the time Route 66 made traveling to them easier. In the late 1860's, Jesse James, the legendary outlaw, used them as a natural hideout. Our next stop is for a savory bar-b-que lunch at an Ozark Country roadside retreat, the Missouri Hick BBQ in Cuba, Missouri. Following lunch, we drive on to Springfield, Missouri, the birthplace of the "Mother Road." Springfield's emergence as the Birthplace of Route 66 began back in the 1920s when the federal government first mandated construction of a national highway system. A placard, located on the east side of Park Central Square, commemorates Springfield's subsequent 1992 designation as the official birthplace of Route 66. Springfield offers a unique mix of large-city amenities and hometown hospitality reflected in the city's great restaurants, museums and an eclectic mix of shops and attractions. As the heart and soul of the Ozarks, the spirit of Springfield is not only about the big moments that take your breath away, but also the simple pleasures that stay forever in your heart. There's something for everyone, and always with a pace that encourages you to take your time to enjoy the surprises around each corner. Before checking into our hotel accommodations in Springfield, Missouri for the night, we are treated to a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 5

After breakfast, we meet our guide, and depart for a short ride through Kansas, the state with the shortest stretch of the old highway, just over 13 miles. Then we enter the state of Oklahoma and stop in Claremore to visit the Will Rogers Memorial Museum, a tribute to America's legendary "Cowboy Philosopher" and humorist. Will Rogers was an Oklahoma Indian, a cowboy, an entertainer, a movie and Broadway star, a writer, a speaker, a comedian, a philosopher, and a world figure. Next, we continue traveling west along the old highway to Arcadia, Oklahoma and POPS, an iconic stop along the Old Highway for an afternoon snack. POPS Restaurant is reminiscent of an old drive-in with all of your favorite burgers, hot dogs, fries and shakes on the menu. With over 600 different kinds of soda, a POPS soda guru can guide you to a refreshing alternative or an old time favorite. We'll also make a stop at the Round Barn. Located on Route 66 in the heart of Arcadia, the Round Barn is one of America's unique landmarks. Built in 1898, the barn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been restored to its original grandeur. Our final stop for today will be in the small town of Chandler, Oklahoma. The Chandler Route 66 Interpretive Center brings together one-of-a-kind Route 66 memorabilia from the 1930s to present day. Unlike other Route 66 museums, the center constantly brings in new art and films, and also strives to recreate sights, sounds and smells from Route 66, transforming the trip into a sensory experience. Later we check into our hotel in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for the next three nights. After enjoying an included dinner, take an inspiring nighttime stroll through the Oklahoma City National Memorial. The Memorial is a place of quiet reflection, which honors the victims, survivors, rescuers, and all who were affected by the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. It encompasses the now-sacred soil where the Murrah Building once stood, as well as the surrounding area devastated during the attack. Later, we return to our hotel for a good night's sleep.

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Day 6

After breakfast, we meet our guide, and travel to the National Weather Center located on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, Oklahoma. Enjoy a fascinating look into what has become the center for monitoring and forecasting weather across the globe! Governments and companies from all over the world look to the National Weather Center to provide critical weather information for shipping, air travel, agriculture, the military and more. The tour includes the National Weather Center observation deck, classroom and laboratory facilities, as well as the NOAA Storm Prediction Center, the Norman National Weather Service Forecast Office and the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory. Next, we continue to travel south along interstate 35 arriving in Sulphur, Oklahoma, heart of the Chickasaw Nation. Here we will tour the Chickasaw Cultural Center. "Built on the ideas, imagination and creativity of Chickasaws from all walks of life, this center incorporates nature, history, heritage and life ways to tell the ongoing story of the Chickasaw people. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the vision, resilience and spirit of the men, women and children of the Chickasaw Nation" states Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby. Watch the story of the Chickasaw people unfold before your eyes through powerful performances, reenactments, demonstrations, collections and exhibits at one of the largest and most extensive tribal cultural centers in the United States. Lunch is included at the center. Next, we visit a company that was founded by a small chocolatier determined to make the highest quality chocolate. Bedré Fine Chocolate, (a Norwegian word that simply means better), remained a local staple, and in 2000, the Chickasaw Nation purchased the company and gave it new life. Building on a rich legacy and love of the bold and delicate flavors of chocolate, the Chickasaw Nation turned the small chocolatier into a nationally recognized luxury chocolate brand, and has set the standard for premium quality chocolate. The recipes are tried and true and reflect the time-honored tradition of the Native American peoples who first cultivated this divine delicacy. Now, as the only Native American tribe to create its own brand of fine chocolate, the Chickasaw Nation takes great pride in their products and instills their cultural passion into every delicious morsel. Before returning to Oklahoma City, we visit another one-of-a-kind museum, The Toy and Action Figure Museum located in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. One of Time Magazine's "Top 50 Most Authentic American Experiences", the Toy and Action Figure Museum will both educate and excite visitors of all ages. The museum features over 13,000 classic pop culture figures on display and an interactive area for visitors to enjoy a hand-on experience. From concept through manufacturing, the museum has exhibits on the creation of action figures from the first articulated toys of the late '50s to today's current favorites. The Museum is also home to the Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection, featuring the many published artists and writers in the comics field from Oklahoma, such as Chester Gould of Dick Tracy fame, and Jack and Carole Bender, who currently work on Alley Oop. Tonight, dinner is on your own.

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Day 7

After breakfast, we meet our guide, and depart for the American Banjo Museum in the Bricktown Entertainment District. Even if pickin' and grinnin' isn't your thing, seeing the beauty of these instruments and learning their uniquely American history is worth the stop. See over 300 banjos on display, as well as interpretive exhibits that tell the story of the banjo from its humble roots in American slavery to its modern-day roles in bluegrass, folk and world music. After leaving the American Banjo Museum we make our way to Remington Park Racetrack for a fun and educational culinary experience! A local chef will lead us in a cooking demonstration featuring a few local favorites which will then be served for lunch. Everyone will receive menu and recipe cards along with some sample packets, so you can recreate the dishes at home. Along with the wonderful food, a local Bricktown Brewery Beer Expert will speak to us while everyone samples the Bricktown Brewery's selection of local craft beers. It will be a great opportunity to experience local food and drink! Later we return to our hotel where you will have some time to relax and freshen up before visiting the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for dinner and a tour. Through exhibits, lectures, and educational programming the Museum encourages visitors to explore the history of the American West and its diversity of cultures. The museum holds an extensive collection of western art, historic artifacts, and exhibits of American Indian and pioneer life in realistic settings. The Museum features a superb collection of classic and contemporary Western art, including works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, as well as sculptor James Earle Fraser's magnificent work, The End of the Trail. From fine art, pop culture, and firearms to Native American objects, historical cowboy gear, gift shopping, and dining, the Museum tells America's story as it unfolds across the West. Before returning to our hotel we will enjoy a private screening of The Cowboys, a John Wayne classic western from 1972. What a fun evening of western history, art, food and entertainment!

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Day 8

After breakfast we say goodbye and wish safe travels home to our guide! We depart Oklahoma City, travel across the plains, through the scenic landscape of Arkansas, across the Mississippi River to Memphis, Tennessee, and our hotel for the night. A dinner stop will be made en route to Memphis. Dinner is on your own.

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Day 9

After a deluxe continental breakfast, we depart for downtown Memphis for a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum. The Museum at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. chronicles key episodes in the American civil rights movement, and through its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs encourages a legacy that inspires participation in the civil and human rights movements globally. Next, we will make a photo-stop at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the final resting place of St. Jude's visionary founder, Danny Thomas. An American comedian, singer, actor, producer, philanthropist and humanitarian, Danny Thomas entertained and enriched lives during a career that spanned five decades. His legacy now lives on today through the important research, treatment and care provided to the children and families the hospital serves. He is interred in a mausoleum on the grounds of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, along with his wife of 55 years Cassaniti Thomas. After lunch on your own settle back, relax and enjoy the scenery on our drive across "The Volunteer State", before reaching our overnight accommodations in Knoxville, Tennessee at the Fairfield Inn & Suites. A dinner stop will be made en route to Knoxville.

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Day 10

After a deluxe continental breakfast, we depart for home having enjoyed the fellowship of friends old and new on our 2020 Route 66 Adventures tour. We also take with us many wonderful memories, pictures and souvenirs from our astonishing road trip experiences at some of America's truly amazing and unique places!

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D =Dinner

June 20-29, 2020 (Saturday-Monday)

 

Price:

 

$2,759.00 Double/PP

$2,539.00 Triple/PP

$2,429.00 Quad/PP

$3,479.00 Single

$1,749.00 (Child Ages 5-11 with 2 paying adults)

 

Deposit:  $125.00/PP – Due within 7 days

1st Deposit Non-Refundable after March 24, 2020

2nd Deposit:  $250.00/PP – Due March 24, 2020

 

Balance Due:  May 7, 2020   

 

                         Depart                 Return

Gunther              6:00 AM               6:45 PM

Carney               6:45 AM               6:00 PM

Woodbine            7:45 AM               5:00 PM

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details Times
Carney Park & Ride Carney Park & Ride - 2980 Jomat Ave. Parkville, MD
Exit 31A (Harford Rd north) off Route 695
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Gunther Charters Gunther's - 7443 Shipley Ave. Harmans, MD (GPS)
Lot C off of Shipley Ave.
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Woodbine Park & Ride Woodbine Park & Ride 704 Lisbon Center Dr.
Woodbine, MD - I-70 West to Exit 73
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