One of the greatest roads known to mankind, Route 66 was one of the USA’s major highways. Stretching from coast to coast, from Chicago to Los Angeles, the ‘Mother Road’ has long been travelled by locals and travellers alike. Historically it was used by workers moving for better work opportunities. Nowadays, this stretch of highway has been immortalised in the cities and towns it passes through as well as on screen, in songs and in books. Here are some of the highlights of Route 66 on this Cosmos tour

Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum 

Originally named after a war chief of the Ottawa Tribe, Pontiac used to be the HQ for General Motors manufacturing plans in the 20th century. Here, pay a visit to the Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum. Housed in a historic fire station, ogle over maps showing your upcoming journey and old photos from the Mother Road’s heyday.  

Russell’s Car Museum 

Russell's Car Museum, New Mexico
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If you’re a classic car enthusiast, Russell’s Car Museum in New Mexico will be a real highlight for you. Delight in the colourful array of cars from a 1958 Chevrolet Impala to a 1972 Chevy pickup truck.  


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With its proximity to Mexico and a fascinating history, Albuquerque is a true melting pot of cultures. It has a Spanish-style plaza, original buildings and businesses from its Route 66 era, and an Old Town which lies on the site where the original settlement was. In your free time, don’t miss the informative Indian Pueblo Cultural Centre.  


Williams, Arizona
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On this Cosmos tour, you’ll spend two nights in Williams. Known as the gateway to the Grand Canyon, Williams also has an old-timey feel to it. You’ll spot intact neon signs from its 1940’s Motel Row and wander historic streets in the Downtown District. It’s no wonder Williams has been listed in the National Register for Historic Places.  

California Route 66 Museum 

Ever wanted to check out a 1950’s diner? You can, at the California Route 66 Museum in Victorville! Aside from the funky fit out of this replica diner, the museum is also home to an iconic VW Love Bus and a classic 1917 Model T Ford. 

St Louis 

Ted Drewes frozen custard
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Workers passing through St Louis used to stop in a Ted Drewes for a cup of their delicious frozen custard – and now, you can too! Not only can you taste this Route 66 icon, but you can also head to the top of the 190-metre-tall Gateway Arch for jaw-dropping views across the Mississippi River. 

Put an adventure on your bucket list today with our Cosmos Highlights of Route 66 tour. You can also pair this tour with the Albuquerque Ballon Fiesta and/or Mother Road Festival for the ultimate holiday. 

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