Everyone has a wish list of roads and trips they have to take at some point in their lives. Route 66 is somewhere on that list for most people. If you're going to drive R66 then you need to do it with River Pilot. Most tours are hurried and only allow for two weeks of travel while visiting towns and cities that aren't part of the R66 experience. River Pilot has perfected the tour and lengthened it by two days. We stay on the road and see all of it. We have paced this tour to allow enough time to meet all of the interesting characters and see the attractions you have waited all this time to see. This is the tour all of the guides and experts wanted. We now bring it to you.
Dirt 66 Difference - This tour is the extended "play" version of our core R66 Tour. We focus more on the dirt sections and little known segments while still visiting all of the famous attractions on R66. This tour is usually reserved by R66 enthusiasts doing deep exploration or by cartographers who are updating R66 maps. We've had many requests from folks about seeing the lesser known version of R66 so we created this tour for them. It's also fun to get on a Dual Purpose bike or off road vehicle and travel the old gravel roads. We are the only company that offers this guided tour in the world. This is one of our most sought after tours so make sure to book early.
Incepted in 1926, Route 66 crosses America through 8 states giving travelers a chance to see America and all that it is. Driving this road gives one a chance to meet real Americans going about their day to day lives while viewing some of the most majestic scenery west of the Mississippi. The road twists and turns at over 2,288 miles and still offers folks the chance to recapture the past. What’s even more exciting is the road is coming back. Folks are establishing business catering to Route 66 travelers, new attractions are being created and the road is still in drivable condition if you have the right information and guide.
Route 66 originally started out as a group of roads strung together that followed farm roads, railroad tracks, the Ozark Trail, Santa Fe Trail and the National Old Trails Hwy. As time and traffic progressed, the road became the artery for travelers looking to move westward in search of a new beginning. The stories that folks still tell of helping car loads of families with broken down cars, flat tires, in need of a place to sleep are fascinating. One gets a sense of how important this road was to fulfilling people’s hopes and dreams if they could just follow it westward.
Why would you ride with anyone else? We know you've waited a long time to ride R66 and we expect to deliver the experience of a lifetime. Why are we better than all the other operators and rental companies? Easy. We're not in the rental business and not trying to get you out on the road to accumulate rental days. River Pilot Tours is based in the U.S. When others are in their home country in the off season, we're here exploring the road, maintaining relationships, and researching every bit of R66. We invented the world's first commercial use GPS for Route 66. We work with the trusted experts and authors who wrote the books on Route 66. We just do it better than everyone else. We really like Route 66 and that passion and knowledge for the road comes through on our tours that you won't find anywhere else.
Join River Pilot Tours in exploring this road and all that is has to offer. Our experienced team will guide you to attractions and icons of the road that you’ve heard about as well as many of the lesser known that you may not have. River Pilot Tours - "Come Along For The Ride"
Note: The final day in the tour itinerary is the departure day. No activities are planned unless otherwise specifically included at time of booking.
Approximate Total Miles: 2,416
Average Miles Per Day: 180, longest is 280
Riding Conditions: Paved, gentle sweeps, maintained roads. Some sections include dirt and gravel.
Vehicle Requirement: Dual Purpose motorcycle or 4x4 required
Riding Difficulty: Easy - Some sections include dirt and gravel
Exploring Days: Santa Fe, Grand Canyon
Highlights: Authentic Route 66 roads and spurs including little known and traveled segments, Gay Parita Sinclair, original gas stations, muffler men, Route 66 Museums, western vistas, Winslow AZ, Snow Cap Drive-In Seligman AZ, Grand Canyon, Santa Fe, Hackberry Store, Oatman AZ, Santa Monica Pier
Optional activities: Helicopter tours of Grand Canyon $250, Universal Studios Hollywood $129, Disneyland $90 per day, Hollywood Tour $60 PP
Minimum Departure: Tour departs with a minimum of 5 riders
Included Motorcycle: BMW F800GS - Other make and model motorcycles may incur additional charges.