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A journey down Route 66 is like cutting yourself a slice of All-American Pie. You’ll discover people and places you didn’t know existed – like the murals that line the walls of Pontiac, IL and Cuba, MO; Ted Drewes Frozen Custard in St. Louis and the magnificent Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield, IL. Meet published Route 66 authors and experts, roadies and characters. If you love “off-the-beaten- track,” you’ve found your trip!

• Overnights in Chicago, Pontiac (IL),
Springfield (IL), Springfield (MO), Tulsa,
Oklahoma City, 2 nights in St. Louis,
2 nights in Miami (pronounced Mi-am-ah)
• Meet the people of Route 66 – special guides,
speakers and guests; lots of quirky attractions

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    Day 1

    FRIDAY – Chicago: Depart from your
    home airport this morning, arriving in
    Chicago in early afternoon. Your first
    “roadie” experience is a stop for a meal at
    Del Rhea’s Chicken Basket on the edge of
    town. Hilton Palmer House (D)

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    Day 2

    SATURDAY – Chicago to Pontiac:
    Once in town, we’ll stop at the official
    beginning of the old highway at Adams
    and Michigan streets for photos. Then our
    adventure begins in earnest with breakfast
    at a Chicago landmark: Lou Mitchell’s funky
    breakfast counter (serving for 90 years).
    Outside of Chicago, we get off the interstate
    and follow the old road, joined by Route
    66 author John Weiss. Wind through Joliet
    to the small community of Odell (where we
    photograph a beautifully restored service
    station), on to Dwight for lunch. View the
    memorabilia in the Route 66 Museum and
    the “walldog” murals in Pontiac. See the
    traveling “homes” of Route 66 legend Bob
    Waldmire. Tonight you are special guests
    in Pontiac, with an evening reception and
    Route 66-style entertainment. Best Western
    Pontiac (FB,L,D)

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    Day 3

    SUNDAY – Pontiac to Springfield, IL:
    John Weiss has made restoring Route 66
    sites his life’s work. Today, John will show us
    an old jail, a giant robot and other unique
    attractions. Lincoln is the only city named
    for the future president before he held
    office. Learn the story. Stop in Broadwell
    to salute a 66 legend, the late Ernie
    Edwards of the Pig Hip Restaurant. Hilton
    Springfield (B,L)

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    Day 4

    MONDAY – Springfield to St. Louis:
    See the critically-acclaimed Lincoln
    Presidential Museum, then our rural Illinois
    travels roll on. We stop to spruce up an
    old roadside statue before dining at the
    Cozy Dog, another highway landmark. Stop
    at the Rabbit Ranch and get a postcard
    autographed by… a rabbit! Drury Plaza
    Hotel – 2 nights (FB,L)

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    Day 5

    TUESDAY – St. Louis: Take a break
    today in St. Louis. There’s free time to visit
    the Arch if you wish in the afternoon. At
    Cahokia Mounds, learn about a civilization
    in the Missouri River Valley from long ago;
    then walk over the Mississippi on the Chain
    of Rocks Bridge, once the route of old 66.
    This afternoon, head for a special Route 66
    treat, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. (B,L)

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    Day 6

    WEDNESDAY – St. Louis to
    Springfield, MO: The Meramec Caverns
    were opened to tourists in the 1930’s, just
    about the time Route 66 made traveling
    to them easier. In the late 1860’s, Jesse
    James used them as a natural hideout. The
    smooth path allows nearly all to explore.
    Then a must stop at a classic-example-ofan-
    era-gone-by-attraction, the Jesse James
    Museum. James was from rural Missouri.
    What follows is a marvelous stretch of
    The Mother Road, through Cuba (what
    beautiful murals) to Devil’s Elbow into Ozark
    Country. Lunch is at one of our favorite
    roadside retreats, the Missouri Hick BBQ
    in Cuba. Finish the day in Springfield, MO,
    where Route 66 was “born.” We’ll celebrate
    The Main Street of America tonight. Best
    Western Rail Haven (B,L,D)

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    Day 7

    THURSDAY – Springfield to Miami: On
    the way to Carthage is a most interesting
    spot, Red Oak. This collection of buildings
    is practically a town… isn’t it? Who did
    this and why? The nearby town square in
    Carthage is a true jewel, sporting a majestic
    courthouse, an interesting Civil War
    Museum (one of the first battles was right
    in this area) and a wonderful old-time soda
    fountain that affords us time for lunch.
    Roll on through Joplin and into Kansas. The
    state is home to the shortest stretch of the
    old highway, just over 13 miles. In Galena,
    meet “Tow-Tator,” who bears an incredible
    likeness to a tow truck in the Disney movie
    Cars named “Tow-Mater.” In fact, this is the
    old truck that inspired the character! After a
    stop at the Galena Museum, we’ll leave the
    old highway and head to Miami. Hampton
    Inn – 2 nights (B,L,D)

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    FRIDAY – Mickey Mantle & The
    Coleman Theater: Back to the highway this
    morning… Tiny Riverton is along the 13-
    mile stretch of Route 66 which cuts through
    the corner of Kansas. Scott Nelson’s small
    store is a perfect place to stop and build
    our picnic lunches for later in the day, or
    find that special Mother Road souvenir you
    have been looking for.
    Passing into Oklahoma, we come to
    Commerce, the hometown of Mickey
    Mantle. Lunch is picnic-style at the ball
    field. Miami is the home of the Coleman
    Theatre, a small town’s successful attempt
    to save a 1929 landmark. Tonight, dine and
    enjoy a movie at the Coleman. (B,L,D)

  • Day 9

    SATURDAY – Will Rogers Country to
    Tulsa: In Foyil, find some most interesting
    cement totem poles. Visit the Will Rogers
    Memorial, a tribute to America’s famous
    humorist. Lunch is special, a treat not
    afforded just any traveler, as you’ll see.
    There’s even a picture stop at the legendary
    Blue Whale on the way to Tulsa. Marriott
    Hotel (B,L)

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    Day 10

    SUNDAY – Tulsa to Oklahoma City:
    Passing Tulsa, we come to Stroud and stop
    for lunch at the Rock Café. There’s a great
    story here! Just up the road in Arcadia is
    the Round Barn. Built in 1898, the barn is
    being restored to its original grandeur. At
    “Pops,” you can choose your own afternoon
    refreshment! Embassy Suites (FB,L,D)

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    MONDAY – Oklahoma City and Home:
    Plan to depart for home on a flight after 3pm
    today. One more wonderful stretch of Route
    66 first however. Our expert Oklahoma
    guide tells the story of the Dust Bowl, how
    it changed the lives of those in its path and
    sent tens of thousands to the “promised
    land” in California. (FB,L)

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25th Annual Spring Training in Arizona

4 nights in a luxurious Marriott Hotel, ballgames every day

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A Coos Bay Christmas

First offered as a holiday excursion in 2013, it has been often requested by our Christmas crowd ever since, so we are pleased to bring A Coos Bay Christmas back for a return engagement.

This is an all-coach trip. Travel north to Ashland/Medford the first day. There’s a lunch break in Redding and tonight you’ll partake in the annual Christmas Feast at the Winchester Inn. The six-course meal comes with carolers and costumed staff.

The next morning (Christmas Eve), before departing for the coast, make an early morning visit to Harry & David’s. As is our Christmas shopping tradition, we have negotiated a little gift card to get you started on your expedition. Travel to the coast, stopping in Bandon at Washed Ashore, a most unique place that makes art out of ocean trash. At Cranberry Sweets, your sponsored-shopping activities continue. Finish the day at The Mill Casino/Hotel in Coos Bay. Dinner tonight is a Crab Fest (other options available), as the Dungeness season will have just started.

Christmas Day brings our legendary White Elephant Gift Exchange, an ecological tour of the area and a visit to Shore Acres State Park. Not only is there an interesting story, there is a wonderful display of Christmas lights. A holiday feast is planned.

The trip home takes you down the Oregon Coast, with shopping stops at Misty Meadows Jams and the House of Myrtlewood. Spend the night in Eureka and head home through the redwoods.

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A Magical Luncheon

First presented as a mystery daytrip last summer with three departures, this “Magical Luncheon” received rave reviews! Host Gerry Griffin welcomes you to his house of fun and illusion for the afternoon. A very tasty pre-set menu is served with tableside magic and humor. Then sit back and enjoy the show that is filled with laughter and illusion. You will come away mystified.

11 Days · 26 Meals

Your trip includes all accommodations, airfare from Sacramento*, all listed activities and the services of a Sports Leisure Tour Director

*If applicable. Not traveling from Sacramento? Not a problem, just give us a call.

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