Coast to Coast USA Fly Drive Holiday Itinerary
WASHINGTON, D.C. ARRIVAL
Today you will arrive in beautiful Washington, D.C. Transfer independently to your hotel by shuttle service or taxi.
Full day at leisure to explore the capital and its many historical landmarks. See the Capitol Building, the White House, Georgetown, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and much more. Visit the Smithsonian’s complex of museums, a repository for the nation’s historic treasures, and Arlington Cemetery, which houses JFK’s grave site.
DAY 03: DRIVING DISTANCE: 90 MI / 150 KM
WASHINGTON, D.C. – GETTYSBURG
Collect your rental car this morning before starting out for Gettysburg National Military Park, site of the most famous battle of the American Civil War. There are excellent self-guided interpretive tours to help you understand the battlefields.
DAY 04: DRIVING DISTANCE: 360 MI / 580 KM
GETTYSBURG – NIAGARA FALLS
Travel through central Pennsylvania and upstate New York. Then cross the U.S. border to romantic Niagara Falls. We suggest dinner at the revolving Skylon Tower restaurant this evening.
DAY 05: DRIVING DISTANCE: 100 MI / 160 KM
NIAGARA FALLS – TORONTO
Spend the morning sightseeing at Niagara Falls. Why not venture to nearby Niagara on the Lake for wine tasting? In the afternoon travel to Toronto, the largest English-speaking city in Canada. Explore the city before arriving at your hotel.
DAY 06: DRIVING DISTANCE: 240 MI / 384 KM
TORONTO – DETROIT
Continue through the province of Ontario to Windsor. Then cross back over the border to
Detroit, America’s automobile manufacturing center. If time allows, a visit to the Henry Ford Museum is a must.
DAY 07: DRIVING DISTANCE: 280 MI / 450 KM
DETROIT – CHICAGO
Today travel across Michigan. Stop in Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, and Kalamazoo before reaching Lake Michigan and Chicago.
Enjoy a full day to explore The Windy City. The architecture of Chicago is truly remarkable. See some of the tallest buildings in the world. There are also many excellent museums in the area to visit at your leisure, as well as great shopping and dining opportunities.
DAY 09: DRIVING DISTANCE: 300 MI / 480 KM
CHICAGO – ST. LOUIS
This morning, continue your journey south along historic Route 66 as it winds out of Chicago and traverses Illinois farmland to St. Louis, Missouri.
DAY 10: DRIVING DISTANCE: 210 MI / 340 KM
ST. LOUIS – SPRINGFIELD
Leave the Mississippi River behind and travel along historic Route 66 through the scenic beauty of the Missouri Ozark region to Springfield.
DAY 11: DRIVING DISTANCE: 310 MI / 520 KM
SPRINGFIELD – TULSA – OKLAHOMA CITY
Nowhere is historic Route 66 more at home than in Oklahoma, where the pavement follows the contours of the land as though it has always been there. In the dust-bowl years of the 1930s, fifteen percent of Oklahoma’s population started out on Route 66 in cars or caravans, carrying all their belongings, children, hopes, and dreams with them. This section of your trip takes you through rolling countryside, once the haunt of Native Americans, later the territory of cowboys and outlaws, and part of the famous Cherokee Strip.
DAY 12: DRIVING DISTANCE: 260 MI / 420 KM
OKLAHOMA CITY – AMARILLO
Travel through the land where the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians lived and hunted buffalo. Enter the Texas Panhandle, the haven of cowboys, oil-field roughnecks, and self-made millionaires.
DAY 13: DRIVING DISTANCE: 290 MI / 450 KM
AMARILLO – ALBUQUERQUE
Before leaving Amarillo, make a visit to Cadillac Ranch where you will find ten tail-fin Cadillacs half buried in the sand. This is the land of tumbleweeds, cattle, cotton, and oil. Continue to New Mexico, driving through what once was the hunting ground of the Comanche Indians. Overnight in Albuquerque.
A full day in Albuquerque today. A visit to the historic artists community in the downtown area will allow you the chance to pick up a momento of the trip. Alternatively, venture out to nearby Taos Pueblo to uncover the traditions of Native American indigenous people.
DAY 15: DRIVING DISTANCE: 180 MI / 290 KM
ALBUQUERQUE – SANTA FE – ALBUQUERQUE
Enjoy the short drive today that brings you to Santa Fe, famous for its galleries and museums, and known as the art center of the Southwest.
DAY 16: DRIVING DISTANCE: 260 MI / 420 KM
ALBUQUERQUE – HOLBROOK
Today’s highlight is the Petrified Forest National Park to view its thousands of acres of petrified trees. Overnight in Holbrook, Arizona.
DAY 17: DRIVING DISTANCE: 180 MI / 290 KM
HOLBROOK – GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK – FLAGSTAFF
Travel through Navajo Indian Country toward today’s destination, the spectacular Grand Canyon National Park. A walk along the rim will provide you with memorable views of this stunning canyon. Continue to Flagstaff for your overnight.
DAY 18: DRIVING DISTANCE: 300 MI / 480 KM
FLAGSTAFF – LAS VEGAS
Today your drive takes you through Kingman to the Hoover Dam. Continue to Las Vegas, the glittering Entertainment Capital of the World, where your hotel is located on the famous Strip.
A full day at leisure in Las Vegas. Enjoy the shopping, dining and gaming that make Vegas the playground that never sleeps.
DAY 20: DRIVING DISTANCE: 290 MI / 470 KM
LAS VEGAS – SANTA MONICA – LOS ANGELES
Journey through the Mojave Desert today, stopping at the ghost town of Calico en route to Santa Monica and Los Angeles. Continue to your overnight hotel.
LOS ANGELES DEPARTURE
Spend the morning relaxing in the California sunshine before returning your rental car at Los Angeles International Airport for your departure flight.