Itinerary – Route 66 and Texas Hill Country
Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico

Regional Suggestions Dallas | Oklahoma City | Santa Fe | Amarillo | Carlsbad
Fredericksburg | San Antonio | Austin | Fort Worth


About this itinerary

Driving distance: 1,754 Miles
Recommended travelling time: 14 Days
Recommended travel season: Spring or Fall
This tour covers exciting cities across Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico as well as spectacular scenery, delicious food and daring cowboy heritage!


Dallas, Texas to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

Fly into Dallas, Texas to experience the many shops, restaurants and galleries that the city has to offer. View the skyline from 143m up at Reunion Tower GeO-Deck for 360-degree views before taking the vintage M-Line trolley, available at 40 stops around the city, and completely free. Then head to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, stopping at Sulphur en route to take in nature and Native American heritage at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and Cultural Center. In Oklahoma City, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is a must, as is the Museum of Art.
Length of leg: 206 miles| Total distance travelled: 206 miles

 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Santa Fe, New Mexico
via Amarillo, Texas

Join Route 66 towards Hydro, Texas. Look out for Lucille's Service Station, restored to its original 1929 condition before visiting the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton and learn about the history and legends of this famous road. Stop in Amarillo, Texas for the night before continuing west to Adrian, Texas. Visit Midpoint Café, equidistant to Chicago and Los Angles with 1,139 miles to each. Cross into New Mexico and drive to Tucumcari to visit one of the last curio shops, the quirky Tee Pee Curios, offering a wealth of Route 66 souvenirs. Change to Route 84 and enjoy the changing scenery on the way to Santa Fe.
Length of leg: 537 miles | Total distance travelled: 743 miles



Santa Fe, New Mexico to Carlsbad, New Mexico

Spend the day in Santa Fe and explore its many galleries and museums including ancient cave dwellings at the Bandelier National Monument; modern displays at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum; and the Museum of International Folk Art. Be sure to try a famous New Mexico chilli pepper at one of the local restaurants. Then, head south to Carlsbad, with a stop along the way at the UFO Museum at Roswell – the site of the possible UFO landing in 1947. Visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park, home to the world's most famous cave system and spectacular hiking – not to be missed!
Length of leg: 273 miles | Total distance travelled: 1,016 miles

 


Carlsbad, New Mexico to Fredericksburg, Texas

Get an early start and head into Texas Hill Country to Fredericksburg, where walking tours illuminate the area's German heritage. Afterwards, sample local culinary favorites and brewing at the town's bistros, bakeries and beer gardens. Hill Country also takes pride in its barbecue tradition, with mesquite coals lending a signature flavour to meat, including tender brisket.
Length of leg: 398 miles | Total distance travelled: 1,414 miles



Fredericksburg, Texas to San Antonio, Texas

Drive Scenic Highway 16 from Fredericksburg to Kerrville, the unofficial capital of Texas Hill Country. Take time to visit its excellent museums, galleries and shops before continuing on to San Antonio. Explore San Antonio's 18th-century Spanish Catholic missions, including Misión San Antonio de Valero (known as The Alamo), which collectively were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nearby, the River Walk is a paved path along the city's namesake river. Follow it to restaurants with open-air patios, or take a boat tour. In this gateway to Latin America, Mexican-made clothing and artisan wares make unique souvenirs, and the cuisine is in a class of its own. TexMex, as it's called, blends Mexican and American culinary traditions with delicious results.
Length of leg: 70 miles | Total distance travelled: 1,484 miles

 


San Antonio, Texas, to Austin, Texas

On the way to Austin pause to cool off in the area's natural springs: Krause Springs, Blue Hole and Hamilton Pool are local favourites. Austin earns its reputation as a live music capital with some 250 venues. Slip into a retro bar such as The Continental Club for Rockabilly, Country and Swing shows, or get tickets to Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater, a venue that hosts concerts of all genres and the taping of Austin City Limits, the USA's longest-running televised music series. From breakfast tacos stuffed with farm-fresh eggs and avocados to top-shelf margaritas, Austin is also revered for its take on Tex-Mex. Try ordering from one of the city's popular food trucks or trailers.
Length of leg: 80 miles | Total distance travelled: 1,564 miles



Austin, Texas to Fort Worth, Texas

Depart Austin and head to Fort Worth stopping at the always-bustling Stockyards National Historic District for Old West shops selling cowboy boots and hats and, of course, BBQ options! Learn about the strong women who shaped the American West with a visit to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, which is packed with artwork and stories from women such as artist Georgia O'Keeffe and singer Patsy Cline. Take a walk around the 35 blocks of Sundance Square downtown, a large shopping, dining and entertainment district.
Length of leg: 190 miles | Total distance travelled: 1,754 miles

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