Fly-drive and Touring Holidays in the Usa

April 16, 2010

Fly-drive holidays can be an exciting and rewarding way to travel. They offer you the freedom to go at your own pace, allowing you the means to control every aspect of your holiday. All you need to do is plan an itinerary and arrange a hire car. The rest of the holiday is down to you. If you enjoy driving and you love the freedom of the open road, then a fly-drive holiday is definitely something for you to consider.

If you prefer more of a laid-back holiday, or the thought of driving abroad is not your idea of a good time, then the escorted tour could be a better option. A structured program will be arranged, where sightseeing, accommodation and meals will be all planned out for you. All you have to do is board the coach and enjoy the view.

A popular destination for touring holidays is North America. The sheer size and diversity of the country make it an obvious choice, with its excellent roads, great-value car hire and reasonably-priced fuel prices, when compared to the UK.

The incredible size of North America makes planning a journey quite a task. Deciding where to begin can be the biggest problem. Luckily, there are many companies out there that can organise all this for you.

To see all of what North America has to offer, the best route to take is the legendary Route 66, which runs from Chicago through to Los Angeles, a total of 2,448 miles. Route 66 no longer officially exists, as it was deemed no longer relevant in 1985 and was subsequently removed from the highway system. It has gradually returned to maps under the name of “Historic Route 66”.

The following is an example of a popular Route 66 itinerary, taking a total of 16 nights to complete:

Chicago

2 nights

Chicago – Springfield, Illinois (200 miles

1 night

Springfield – St Louis (98 miles

1 night

St Louis – Springfield, Missouri (217 miles

1 night

St Louis – Tulsa/Broken Arrow (396 miles

1 night

Tulsa/Broken Arrow – Amarillo (366 miles

1 night

Amarillo – Santa Fe (280 miles

2 nights

Santa Fe – Albuquerque (63 miles

1 night

Albuquerque – Holbrook (232 miles)

1 night

Holbrook – Flagstaff (90 miles)

1 night

Flagstaff – Las Vegas (251 miles

2 nights

Las Vegas – Santa Monica (286 miles)

2 nights

Whether you decide take an escorted tour or “go it alone”, there is no doubt that a fly-drive holiday is one of the best ways to experience America.

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