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Ride Route 66, the planet's most famous road. A must-do for every serious rider. From east to west, it’s historical, beautiful, demanding, and inspiring at every mile. From expansive plains and desert to lush forestry, timeless towns, and bright lights. "The Mother Road" has got everything you could wish for on a motorcycle tour. Planet Chopper named this tour “Route 66 Reborn” as it’s their take on the road which originally ran from Chicago to Los Angeles. They pick the trail up in St Louis after riding the Blue Ridge Parkway and spending an awesome night in Nashville.
You will stay at three or four-star hotels throughout the tour.
Welcome to Charlotte! Planet Chopper team will pick you up from the airport and head to their legendary roadhouse in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. The 19th-century roadhouse is the perfect place to start your journey with Americana and old motorcycle memorabilia adorning the walls.
The building has a motorcycle shop on the bottom floor, a games room, and a bar in the middle and a bunkhouse up top. You’ll get to know each other, shoot some pool and then call it a night.
What better way to start the trip than traveling along The Blue Ridge Parkway which is coined as "America's most scenic road"? It’s a perfectly maintained road that weaves and climbs through the Appalachian Mountains.
You’ll take this beautiful road for most of the day before rolling into Asheville, known for its microbreweries and top-notch food. You’ll have a welcome dinner here before heading out for "beer-tasting."
You’ve got something very special to wake up to this morning. You’re going to The Wheels Through Time Museum! This complex has over 300 ultra-rare motorcycles (which all run, you just need to ask and staff will start them) plus some limited edition cars and trikes.
After basking with the dream bikes you’ll hit the road to Music City: Nashville Tennessee. Tonight you’ve got a table booked at a speakeasy from 1948 where you’ll listen to live music performances from the coolest bands in town.
Today you officially link up with Route 66 also known as The Mother Road! You’ll pass numerous cornfields and timeless towns that sing of a different time.
You will head to the Chain of Rocks Bridge which was used from 1936 to cross the Mississippi River. This is the perfect photo location so make sure your camera is charged! After booking into a historic building in the center of town, you'll head out for BBQ ribs (arguably the best in the country) and live music.
Today you will check out the world's tallest arch and the tallest man-made monument in America, St Louis Arch. It became synonymous with America's expansion and picked up the nickname as the gateway to the west, very fitting for you as you head in that direction towards Joplin.
You’ve got a bunch more Route 66 icons ahead including the Devil’s Elbow, the world’s largest rocking chair in Fanning, and lots of roadside diners.
Tonight you stay in Joplin which was struck by an EF-5 tornado (the most powerful on the rating scale of which only 0.1% of tornadoes have been designated). You’ll hear some stories from locals then hit the hay.
Today you head to Oklahoma. This state has the largest American Indian population of any state, the name literally translates from Choctaw as “red people”. Oklahoma is also known for having a huge number of horses and expansive farmland, which is why the national cowboy hall of fame is in OKC!
You’ll travel through many Native American reservations and even pass through Catoosa which is home to the giant Blue Whale which has become one of the most recognizable attractions on the old Route 66.
Tonight you stay in OKC, the largest city on Route 66. You’ll leave this evening free as there are plenty of great shops, restaurants, and bars for you to explore.
Today’s ride will give you an idea of just how expansive America is, these are the lands where an endless herd of bison used to roam. Many of the folk living in these areas have never seen the ocean and it feels as though time has been frozen for generations.
There will be less traffic and towns over the next few days, giving you a deeper appreciation of the people who went out searching for a new life.
You’ll stop off at the Route 66 museum in Clinton to look at the history of music and photos from the oldest parts of Route 66 before heading into Texas. Tonight, you’ll be eating at a genuine Texan steakhouse. Prepare for the most succulent meal in the South!
After a huge feed of waffles, you’re off to the Cadillac Ranch. The iconic art installation from 1974 features 10 Cadillacs buried half in the ground.
After cruising a bit further you will reach Adrian, Texas, the midway point of RT 66! Things are going to get seriously cinematic as you head into the high desert plains of New Mexico. Expect red rocks, cactus, and endless mountain ranges. Windy roads will take you up towards Santa Fe which sits at 7,000 feet.
Founded in 1608 Santa Fe is the oldest capital in the USA and is absolutely beautiful with Spanish architecture and soaring views. It’s the perfect place to chill out for two days (and the tacos are amazing).
Sante Fe is a melting pot of cultures and heritages. For 400-years this city has inspired travelers, artists, and musicians with its architecture and scenery.
There is so much to do and see, you can take a hot air balloon ride at sunrise, ride horses along canyon trails, visit Taos (which was inhabited by Native Americans for centuries) or just hang out by the pool at the hotel.
You head to south Albuquerque this morning, where the old West / South road used to intersect. You’re not going to Mexico this time though, you’re crossing the Rio Grande and heading west towards the mighty and unforgiving Navajo Deserts. Today you’ll be surrounded by expansive plains, huge rock features, and mesas for most of the day.
After eating at a classic diner in Grants, you ride into the famous Route 66 town of Gallup. This old railroad town has been used in over 10 movies including Billy The Kid (1930) and Ace in the Hole (1951). You’ll stay at a cool lodge and tuck into some of the best Mexican food around.
Today is a day you won’t forget. First, you ride through the Petrified Forest National Park where you can see fossilized forestry that is over a million years old. In this region there are also hundreds of animal species, keep an eye out for bobcats, coyotes, and Golden Eagles.
Speaking of Eagles, you will be heading to Winslow, Arizona. You’ll stop off for lunch here and to take photos on the famous corner. You’ll soak in the views at The Desert View Watchtower and Navajo Point before heading to your hotel at Grand Canyon which has soaring views over the South Rim. After a few drinks at sunset, radiant stars will appear. Magic.
If you feel like taking a helicopter ride over the deepest sections of the canyon at sunrise let the Planet Chopper team know, this is an incredible experience. Afterward, you head to one of the coolest cowboy towns around. You will connect back up with Route 66 in Williams, one of the coolest cowboy towns around. Want some cool boots? This is the place.
You’ll continue on to some of the most photo-friendly towns on the whole route: Seligman, Hackberry, and Oatman. After a beautiful ride, you touch down at the riverside town of Laughlin, Nevada.
How could you be so close to Vegas without dropping by? Not a chance. You’re off to "Sin City"! To get there, you will ride across the Hoover Dam, stopping to get photos with the bikes in the foreground. After you arrive at the hotel in Vegas you will leave the evening time free for you to try your luck. Just remember you are doing over 280 miles tomorrow.
By now you think you’ve come to grips with how enormous this country is, but then this ride blows your mind again. You’ll cross the entire Mojave Desert with 180 degrees of stunning beauty before you. Expect to fall into a trance as the next mile blends into the last.
You’re now officially in California, the final state of the tour and arguably the most significant along the Mother Road. You will drop by the famous way-stations including Amboy and Ludlow before making your way to Barstow and on to Victorville.
If you thought your awesome ride was already over you are wrong! You’re hitting one of the top riding roads in California: Angeles Crest Highway. This pristine road carves through the Angeles National Forest with unbroken views of LA in the distance.
You’ll start to head towards the pacific ocean, an impressive sight considering you have traveled 4,862 kilometers (3,021 mi) to get here. You will feel a mixed bag of emotions as you roll up to the “End of Trail” Santa Monica pier but just remember you have just conquered one of the most legendary roads to have ever existed! And if that doesn't sink in then you can just sink some drinks instead at the farewell dinner!
Congratulations you just completed one hell of a trip! Be proud, this is a trip only completed by the ones who dare to take the plunge. See you on the road soon!
This guided motorcycle tour takes place in the US. Starting from Virginia, you will ride to the West and end the tour in Lost Angeles.
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