Mile After Magnificent Mile: A Taste of Route 66 Fly Drive

Chicago • Springfield • Peoria • Galena • Rockford

Travel through the state of Illinois getting a taste of Route 66 and experience mile after magnificent mile.

Begin your holiday with two days to enjoy the Windy City. Chicago is a city that has a little something for everyone to enjoy. You can visit world class museums, catch a show in one of over 200 theatres, enjoy Michelin-star dining, great shopping and abundant nightlife.

Collect your rental car and cruise down Route 66, stopping by Bill Shea’s Gas Station Museum before arriving into Illinois’ capital, Springfield. Explore the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln by visiting his former home, the Presidential Library and Museum. Continue down Route 66 to the Alton area and see the confluence of The Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri rivers along a 33-mile stretch of road rich in history.

From Alton, continue on to Peoria where you can begin your visit at the Riverfront Visitors Center, housed in one of the oldest buildings in Peoria. Explore Peoria’s Riverfront, which is popular for festivals and home to the newly opened Peoria Riverfront Museum. Travel back up the Great River Road, with a chance to stop in Fulton to see the Windmill ‘de Immigrant’ before arriving into Galena, where over 85 percent of the town is considered a national monument. Find a town steeped in rich history dating back to the Black Hawk Wars between the Native Americans and settlers.

Travel through Rockford on your way back to Chicago where your fly drive comes to an end.

From £836pp

What's Included

  • Return flights from Dublin to Chicago
  • 7 NIGHTS hotel accommodation
  • 6 days fully inclusive economy car rental
  • Quote Ref 1566667

The Exciting Parts

  • Two days to explore Chicago, the city by the lake
  • Get a bird’s eye view of the city at the 360 CHICAGO at the John Hancock Building.
  • Savour the start of Route 66 to the State Capitol Springfield and visit the former home of Abraham Lincoln
  • Enjoy the river city of Alton which was also the hometown of Robert Wadlow the world’s tallest man!
  • Explore Peoria’s Riverfront and its newly opened Riverfront Museum
  • Galena has a charming historic main street and has rich 19th century heritage.
  • Take a stroll through the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford.
  • *Admission fees not included

Your Adventure...

Chicago Arrival
Chicago
Chicago - Springfield 324KM
Springfield - Alton 135KM
Alton - Peoria 249KM
Peoria - Galena 292KM
Galena - Rockford 126KM
Rockford - Chicago Departure 119KM
  • Day 1 Chicago Arrival

    Arrive in Chicago and transfer independently to your chosen hotel. We would suggest picking up your car rental on Day 3 from either the Airport or downtown location.
    Overnight: Chicago – Warwick Allerton Hotel or similar

  • Day 2 Chicago

    Chicago is a city that has a little something for everyone to enjoy. You can visit world class museums, catch a show in one of over 200 theatres, enjoy Michelin-star dining, great shopping and abundant nightlife. Chicago is well known for its music scene no matter what your taste is. The city is home to unique and innovation architecture
    Overnight: Chicago – Warwick Allerton Hotel or similar

  • Day 3 Chicago - Springfield 324KM

    After discovering the sights of Chicago, collect your rental car and cruise down Route 66, stopping by Bill Shea’s Gas Station Museum before arriving into Illinois’ capital, Springfield. Explore the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln by visiting his former home, the Presidential Library and Museum and nearby Lincoln’s New Salem – a reconstruction of the village where Lincoln spent his early years.
    Overnight: Quality Inn & Suites Springfield or similar

  • Day 4 Springfield - Alton 135KM

    Continue down Route 66 to the Alton area and see the confluence of The Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri rivers along a 33-mile stretch of road rich in history. Visit the quaint towns of Galena and Elsah, known for their wineries and unique inns, whilst in nearby Collinsville, discover the ancient remains of a Native American city at Cahokia Mounds, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Overnight: Comfort Inn Alton or similar

  • Day 5 Alton - Peoria 249KM

    Today, head to Peoria where you can begin your visit at the Riverfront Visitors Center, housed in one of the oldest buildings in Peoria. Explore Peoria’s Riverfront, which is popular for festivals and home to the newly opened Peoria Riverfront Museum, featuring a 3D theatre and planetarium. If time allows, why not take a cruise on the Spirit of Peoria for scenic views of the Illinois River.
    Overnight: Comfort Suites Peoria or similar

  • Day 6 Peoria - Galena 292KM

    Travel back up the Great River Road, with a chance to stop in Fulton to see the Windmill ‘de Immigrant’ before arriving into Galena, where over 85 percent of the town is considered a national monument. Find a town steeped in rich history dating back to the Black Hawk Wars between the Native Americans and settlers.
    Overnight: Best Western Designer Inn & Suites Galena or similar

  • Day 7 Galena - Rockford 126KM

    A short drive through rolling hills and small towns take you to your final Illinois destination of Rockford. The Burpee Museum is home to ‘Jane’, a rarely-found teenage T-Rex. Take a stroll through Anderson Japanese Gardens, watch history come to life at Midway Village Museum, and outdoor enthusiasts can find golf, biking and kayaking opportunities close by.
    Overnight: Baymont Inn & Suites Rockford or similar

  • Day 8 Rockford - Chicago Departure 119KM

    Your Illinois discovery comes to an end today as you drive to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to return your rental car and board your overnight flight to Dublin.

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