Ghosts in the Wilderness - Abandoned America
Route 66 has long hailed to the heyday of the classic American dream known as the Mother Road it is possibly one of the most famous highways on the world and still to this day boasts motels, gas stations and has been the inspiration for rock and roll songs for decades.
In recent months whilst running tours across Montana and North Dakota we remembered another American road trip we ran in 2014 along Route 66 and recalled the neon signs during the blue-hour and the diners that seemed to be fixed in a time when the American Dream was very much alive and kicking.
Being on the road again and speaking to the farmers and truck drivers, the thought of traveling part of Route 66 again with a tour seemed a very natural extension to what we had enjoyed there.
Well, we have decided to go again! we have carefully retraced our steps, added many more exiting locations that we did not have time for when we last visited, and having gone through all this planning, we have the perfect Route 66 road trip ready to go as promised!
Route 66 was by far one of the most famous highways in the world and it originally spanned two and a half thousand miles from Chicago to Los Angeles. Clearly, we will not be traveling the entire route, but we have chosen the very best treasures that remain today.
We will begin with all of us meeting up and beginning our adventure in Albuquerque before we head east to the abandoned towns along this stretch of “The Mother Road” such as Glenrio and San Jon. We will stay in the amazing town of Tucumcari for two nights which is still a thriving town littered with remnants of the heyday and where the world-famous Blue Swallow Motel still welcomes guests.
As we travel west will stop to photograph the famous Art Nouveau style Route 66 Diner and we will be stopping at towns en route such as Grants and Gallup which are littered with old rusting classic cars, gas stations, motels and classic American diners. We will not be dashing through. We will spend time exploring these fascinating places, each of which has its own unique artifacts, all of which offer a wealth of photographic opportunity. Each day will be packed with character, fun and quite frankly bizarre places, not to mention the people we will meet along the highway.
Towns that are a ‘must visit’ are Holbrook with the iconic Wigwam Motel which was inspiration for the Disney “Cars” movie, and of course we will be stopping at Winslow which was the inspiration for the Eagles song, “Take It Easy” which featured the lyrics, “Well, I’m standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona”.
There are too many places and sights to mention here, but rest assured it will be the trip of a lifetime full of experiences and one that will conclude with a night in Las Vegas where we can photograph the lights of this iconic casino city. What a road trip this will be visiting Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and finishing in Nevada!
This tour will be limited to just 8 participants with 2 leaders
The price includes extensive one to one tuition during the tour and accommodation. No single occupancy supplement. Travel during the workshop. Entrance Fees where applicable. Pick up from Albuquerque and drop off at Las Vegas at agreed times.
Travel to and from the location and personal bills such as bar bills, meals not listed. Travel and camera Insurance.