Day 1: Chicago - Springfield (approx. 200 miles)
After a night or two in Chicago it's time to head to the Cruise America rental location to pick up your motorhome. Today you will be heading to Springfield via Route 66. On the way you can enjoy coffee and lunch at a classic American dinner, and visit the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln and Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, the reconstruction of the village where Abraham Lincoln lived in his twenties. Recommended stay – Springfield KOA Campground.
Day 2: Springfield, IL - Springfield, MO (approx. 275 miles)
Today you are heading towards the banks of the Mississippi River & St Louis, where a visit to the top of the tallest monument at 630 feet, The Gateway Arch, is a must! The Gateway Arch represents Thomas Jefferson’s vision in the westward expansion of a United States. Travel onwards to Lone Elk Park where you can enjoy a wildlife area including bison, elk and deer before heading to Route 66 State Park. Recommended stay – Springfield / Route 66 KOA Campground.
Day 3: Springfield, MO - Oklahoma City (approx. 250 miles)
Your drive today is through America’s heartland onward to Oklahoma City. It’s worth stopping off at Joplin, a hideout town for the famous criminal couple Bonnie and Clyde in Tulsa. Once known as the "Oil Capital of the World", now home to the world’s largest and most broad collection of art and artifacts of the American West at the Gilcrease Museum, continue your drive to Oklahoma City. Recommended stay – Oklahoma City East KOA Campground.
Day 4: Oklahoma City - Amarillo (approx. 325 miles)
Today you will be leaving Oklahoma City and like in the song written by Neil Sedaka "Is This the Way to Amarillo" you will be heading to the Texas City itself. It’s a long drive but it will be worth it as there is a lot to explore and see. Make sure you visit Palo Duro Canyon State Park, it’s claimed to be the 2nd largest canyon in the USA, once resided by the Apache Indians, Comanche and Kiowa tribes. You can plan a visit to the Old West Stables inside the canyon before heading onwards to your destination. Whilst in Amarillo visit the American Quarter Horse Heritage Centre, the Route 66 historic district with antique & specialty shops, and the Cadillac Ranch – a public art installation and sculpture. Recommended stay – Amarillo KOA Campground.
Day 5: Amarillo - Tucumcari (approx. 160 miles)
Leave Amarillo and drive to Tucumcari, New Mexico. You’ll have a chance to visit the New Mexico Route 66 Museum at the Tucumcari Convention Centre and take pictures of the famous Route 66 monument and murals dedicated to Route 66 spread out all over the city. Tour the town by night to experience colourfully designed neon lights for your photo collection. Maybe take a visit to the nearby Ute Lake or Conchas Lake State Park for hiking, finishing or picnicking where you can see wonderful landscapes and a selection of wildlife including deer and birds too. Recommended stay – Tucumcari KOA Campground.
Day 6: Tucumcari - Albuquerque (approx. 185 miles)
Head towards Albuquerque the capital of New Mexico. You’ll be driving through a scenic route via Santa Fe National Forest to the city of creative arts and culture Santa Fe, one of the largest art markets in the USA with over 300 art galleries. If you wish to learn about America’s Native heritage, visit the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos located north of Santa Fe. Recommended stay – Albuquerque Central KOA Campground.
Day 7-8: Albuquerque - Grand Canyon (approx. 360 miles)
Get ready for a long drive as you head for Williams Campground, where you’ll stay two nights. It’s worth stopping off at Gallup, also known as "Indian Capital of the World" because of its location in the middle of the Native American lands. Once you have arrived to Williams Campground, you’ll have a great base to explore the Grand Canyon. Take the hour’s drive with your motorhome or choose between the Campground van tour and the Grand Canyon Railway which can be arranged at the Campground. The campground offers plenty of activities including bike rentals, a pool table and movie nights. Recommended stay – Grand Canyon / Williams KOA Campground.
Day 9: Grand Canyon - Kingman (approx. 125 miles)
After a relaxing morning make your way towards your next stop, Kingman. Enjoy sightseeing along the way at the Route 66 museum in Kingman. Spend the rest of your day by the pool at campground (May - mid Oct) or take part in an array of activities for every guest such as mini golf, hiking and biking as well as games room and billiards. Recommended stay – Kingman KOA Campground.
Day 10-11: Kingman - Las Vegas (approx. 100 miles)
Get ready for Las Vegas – the city that never sleeps! You will stay two nights in one of the most popular tourist destinations; close to Las Vegas Strip – with plenty of attractions, casinos, restaurants and five star resort hotels. Spend your day shopping in luxury malls or visit The Neon Museum and the famous Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. If time permits, see one of many world class shows including the well-known Cirque du Soleil. Recommended stay – Las Vegas KOA at Sam's Town Campground.
Day 12: Las Vegas - Barstow Calico (approx. 155 miles)
Leaving Las Vegas behind, today you are heading west to the icon of the Colorado River – the famous Hoover Dam on the border between the states of Nevada and Arizona, where you’ll have a chance to stop and take some incredible pictures of this National Historic Landmark. After a short break drive into Boulder City, then go south and skirt the Providence Mountains before heading to Mojave National Preserve your penultimate stop of the day. Recommended stay - Barstow / Calico KOA Campground.
Day 13-14: Barstow Calico - Los Angeles (approx. 115 miles)
Today you are heading to the second largest U.S. city Los Angeles, also known as the "City of Angels". You will have a chance to take a Beverly Hills tour, visit Venice beach and cycle to Santa Monica, and if you’re lucky you might see some famous stars on Hollywood Boulevard. Be sure to visit the thrilling Universal Studios Hollywood - one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood film studios and theme park with many attractions. Recommended stay – Los Angeles / Pomona / Fairplex KOA Campground.
Day 15: Los Angeles - Santa Margarita (approx. 240 miles)
This morning travel on to Route 101 to Santa Barbara also known as "American Riviera" with its lovely beaches, succulent seafood restaurants and boutique cafes. Make sure you visit Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park to see some of the remaining rock paintings created by Chumash Native Americans dated from five hundred to a thousand years ago. Recommended stay – Santa Margarita KOA Campground.
Day 16: Santa Margarita - Santa Cruz (Monterey Bay) (approx. 150 miles)
Get ready for your drive towards Santa Cruz! Make sure to stop at the well-known ‘Folly’, Hearts Castle, as you drive through San Simeon – 65 miles into your journey. Explore the amazing coastline scenery from the Big Sur and Carmel to Pebble Beach and Monterey. Watch surfers riding the waves, enjoy sandy beaches and experience the laidback life of southern California. Recommended stay – Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Campground.
Day 17-18: Santa Cruz (Monterey Bay) - San Francisco North / Petaluma (approx. 115 miles)
Leave Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay Campground and head towards the famous Golden Gate Bridge. You’ll be going to Petaluma, north of San Francisco where you’ll stay two nights. The city is located approx. 30 minutes’ drive from famous wineries of Sonoma and Napa. The campground offers guided tours of San Francisco which depart daily from May until October as well as many other activities. Recommended stay – San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA Campground.
Day 19: San Francisco
After breakfast, leave the city behind and drive back to the Cruise America Rental location to drop off your motorhome at the rental location. If you wish extend your trip, we recommend a visit to the famed Yosemite National Park.
Included in your Motorhome Holiday
- C25 motorhome with unlimited mileage allowance (upgrades are available – please call for details)
- One way motorhome drop off fee
- Supplemental liability insurance
- VIP coverage
- 24 hour roadside assistance
- Taxes on pre-paid items
- Additional drivers
Not included: Campground fees, vehicle & personal kits, National Park fees, generators, petrol, parking, toll charges, meals, sightseeing and personal expenses.
Flights from regional UK airports available.
Prices are based on 2 adults in a C25 motorhome with unlimited mileage.
To find out more about what is included in your motorhome holiday and what you can add to the rental before you go, please go to our Motorhome Holidays page.