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The western side of The Mother Road (a favorite Route 66 moniker) is more about wide open spaces and the people and places between them. It’s a journey to and through places you wouldn’t normally visit, absolutely one of life’s great USA travel adventures. Fly to Oklahoma City, fly home from Burbank. Take 10 days to cover 1,350 miles, an average of 135 miles a day.

  • Day 1

    Sacramento to Oklahoma City – Arrive late afternoon. Our favorite Italian restaurant in Oklahoma City is just a block from our hotel and its our dinner spot! Embassy Suites – 2 nights (D)

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    Day 2

    Oklahoma City – Take a day to discover Oklahoma City, and travel a short distance on Route 66 west of town, to relive a little dust bowl days history. The famous Stockyards date back to the beginning of the old highway. The state capitol is worth a picture stop. The Cowboy Hall of Fame is also included. (FB,L)

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    Day 3

    OKC to Amarillo – Small town museums about the highway are numerous along the route. We have selected a few we believe best represent the spirit of The Mother Road. The one in Elk City has replica buildings from the highway’s heyday. We’ll stop in Erick, just east of the Texas border. This tiny hamlet is the hometown of Roger Miller (remember King of the Road?). Browse his small museum. Dine tonight in a legendary highway eatery, The Big Texan, where they specialize in steaks (but offer other selections). Hampton Inn (FB,L,D)

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    Day 4

    Amarillo to Albuquerque – Just outside town is the famous Cadillac Ranch. The perfect highway landmark, a bunch of old caddies with their rear ends sticking out of the ground. See the ghost town that straddles the Texas – New Mexico border, discover the murals of Tucumcari (lunch) and check out a classic old gift shop. The day’s travels end in Albuquerque. Marriott – 2 nights (B,L)

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    Day 5

    Santa Fe – A brief side trip to Santa Fe, which was on the original route, gives you time to shop in front of the Palace of the Governors and enjoy lunch at your leisure. Back in Albuquerque, the itinerary features Old Town, the Turquoise Museum and a cruise down Central Avenue at dusk, which includes dinner in an old style diner and malts or milk shakes! (FB,D)

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    Day 6

    Albuquerque to Gallup – Today, you leave the old road to visit Acoma Pueblo, a step back in time. Known as Sky City, it was inhabited as early as 1150. Tonight, stay at the El Rancho Hotel, a true Route 66 landmark. The home of many a movie star while taping old westerns in the area in the 30’s and 40’s (their names are on the doors of your rooms – John Wayne, Burt Lancaster, Doris Day, dozens more), it is on the National Register of Historic Places. (FB,L)

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    Day 7

    Gallup to Winslow, AZ – Petrified Forest National Park straddles the old road, and we will stop to explore the park and learn the story of the logs turned to stone. In Holbrook, make a picture stop at the first of two Wigwam Hotels. Our accommodations in Winslow (made famous by The Eagles song, “Standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona…”) are at La Posada. Once an old Harvey House Hotel which serves the railroad, today it is a beautifully-restored accommodation/ restaurant/museum. Tonight, you will dine in the Turquoise Room, one of Arizona’s most renowned restaurants. (FB,L,D)

  • Day 8

    Winslow to Kingman – Tour La Posada after breakfast and take a minute to get your picture taken “standin’ on a corner.” In Seligman, you will meet a Route 66 institution, 91 year old Angel Delgadillo, known as the man who saved Route 66. Meet Angel, hear his story, visit the world’s most interesting drive-in lunch counter. The longest continuous stretch of The Mother Road is up for the afternoon. Springhill Suites by Marriott (FB,L,D)

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    Day 9

    Kingman to Ontario – The original route through the mountains is not accessible to a motorcoach (and really not even to an auto), so we leave the highway and take a more modern route in Oatman. Carol Lombard and Clark Gable spent their honeymoon night here, and the old miners left behind burros whose decedents still roam the town. Some people think Oatman is the most unique spot in these United States. Outside of Barstow is John’s Bottle Ranch, another spectacular example of funky roadside attractions that make traveling Route 66 so much fun. Tonight, your final dinner in a classic highway landmark restaurant. Doubletree Hotel (B,L,D)

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    Day 10

    Ontario to Santa Monica to Sacramento – The final leg to the coast takes you through Pasadena and down Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. We dine on the pier and mark the end of our travels with a picture at the Will Rogers Highway Monument. (Another popular name for Route 66.) An early evening flight takes us home to Sacramento. (FB,L)

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17th Annual Christmas Mystery Tour

This trip completely sold out from Preview Day responses. Because the trip doesn’t depart for 7 months, we encourage you to put your name on the wait list if you would like to go. There undoubtedly will be some cancellations.

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A Play on the Lake, A Ride to the Sky

Head to Lake Tahoe for a fun overnighter featuring the 1960’s musical, Beehive. An exuberant jukebox celebration of women musicians from the 60’s; Beehive transports audiences on a nostalgic musical journey. The outdoor venue at Sand Harbor is perfect for a summer night of music, laughter, and of course Aqua Net-glistening coiffures! Join your fellow Sports Leisure travelers for a late morning trip to Truckee. Check into the Hampton Inn, don your best 60’s apparel (optional) before dinner at Moody’s before enjoying the show. Imagine, this venue has one of the most stunning backdrops in the world, a Lake Tahoe sunset!
After breakfast at the hotel; depart for Olympic Valley. Squaw Valley is one of the largest ski areas in the United States, and was host site of the entire 1960 Winter Olympics. A tram ride to the summit provides an aerial view of the valley, plus takes you to High Camp for lunch. Visit the Olympic Museum before returning to Sacramento, mid-afternoon.

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A Port, A President and The Pageant of the Masters

Art comes to life at one of the world’s most unique festivals

10 Days · 23 Meals

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

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