Route 66 News

Go retro

For you folks across the pond in Europe, the Independent in London has a rather comprehensive guide for those who want to travel to another era.

Gee … guess which one of the destinations it advocated?

How about “doing” Route 66, the road of legends that crosses the continent, from Chicago to Los Angeles? Fifties-style diners, motels and museums dot the historic journey, and you can even stop for frozen custard and a drive-in movie. Do the whole route or just a part – packages through Bon Voyage (0800 316 0194; www.bon-voyage.co.uk) start from £899 per person for 14 nights including return flights to Chicago and home from Los Angeles (or vice versa), all-inclusive compact car hire and 14 nights’ three-star accommodation.

I think the three-star accommodations sort of goes against the grain of the Route 66 experience. But different strokes, I guess.

The Independent offers a good way to get around on the Mother Road, to boot:

Perhaps the best Harley adventure is in California, the heartland of the American Dream. California Motorcycle Adventures (001 650 969 6198; www.californiamotorcycleadventures.com) has Harleys of all description, including Road Kings, from as little as $99 (£52) per day. It will put together a customised self-guided tour for you, including trip routing with maps and recommended hotels en route, as well as offer fully guided tour packages.

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