Starting in Houston and travelling far west to where night skies are dark as coal and rivers carve between ancient limestone and hundreds of bird species take refuge in a solitary mountain range and cactus bloom in sublime southwestern sun, to a magical place called Big Bend. The adventure continues as you head over the border and into New Mexico and then on to the immense Grand Canyon, with its layered bands of red rock. Finally, get your kicks on Route 66 as you end this epic journey in Las Vegas, the crazy fun city of neon!
After enjoying an overnight in Houston, make your way to the Cruise America depot to collect your motorhome. You are heading for San Antonio which has so much to offer with amazing culture, history and a wide range of activities to suit all ages. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015 ensure you take in a visit to the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park which includes the world famous ‘Alamo’.
Today depart for the Caverns of Sonora taking in a side trip to the Texas Hill country town of Fredericksburg, steeped in German heritage and history, visit the National Museum of the Pacific War or experience some wine tasting in the various excellent wineries in the area. From here drive to the Caverns of Sonora, these stunning caves are recognised to be one of the most beautiful in the world.
Continue to Fort Davis via Fort Stockton where you can experience Old West history, with shopping, dining and entertainment. Whilst in Fort Davis explore the frontier military post of Fort Davis National Historic Site.
Continue your Texas exploration at leisure with a drive and overnight at the quirky town of Marfa. Surrounded by mountain ranges, weather beaten desert and an alternative gateway to the Big Bend National Park.
Continue your drive to Marathon, the gateway to Big Bend National Park. Due to the clear night skies and lack of light polution, this is an amazing location to star gaze and relax before your next venture into the Big Bend National Park.
En route to Big Bend discover Terlingua Ghost Town where you can experience stunning views of local landmarks including
the Chisos Mountains. Terlingua is also the venue for the annual Chilli Cook Off which takes place on
the first Saturday in November. Explore the Big Bend National Park / Big Bend State Park and surrounding areas. Come
close to nature, with over 450 species of birds, 75 species of mammals and 56 species of reptiles you are bound to encounter some wild life whilst enjoying your hike, kayaking trip, horse ride or scenic drive. Spend a couple of nights at the Maverick Ranch RV Park where you can enjoy all of Lajitas Golf Resort amenities and activities; including the Agave Spa, Black Jack’s Crossing Golf Club, Horseback Trail Rides, Equestrian Activities, Sport Clay Shooting, Cowboy Action, and much more.
It is a longer drive today as you head north and depart Lajitas to Guadaloupe Mountains National Park known for its extensive hiking and back packing opportunities which are amongst the nations most pristine wilderness areas.
Spend some time exploring and enjoying Guadaloupe Mountains National Park. Then its time to head over the border and to the second largest city in New Mexico, Las Cruces and Hacienda RV Resort, within walking distance of historic Old Messilla (Billy the kid’s hangout) and all the speciality shops and fine dining.
This morning explore downtown Las Cruces. The major city of New Mexico is your destination today and on the way we’re sure you will want to stop at ‘Truth or Consequence’ to find out why its name was changed from ‘Hot Springs’. Be sure to visit the historic bath house district. If travelling during the first half of October, book WELL in advance as it’s the hot air balloon festival in Albuquerque.
A longish drive today. You will want to break your journey at the Petrified Forest National Park and then continue through Cocino National Forest to Flagstaff.
Grand Canyon National Park, in Arizona, is home to much of the immense Grand Canyon, with its layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history. If there is any place on Earth that puts into perspective the grandiosity of Mother Nature, it is here.
There’s not much of Route 66 left “from Chicago to LA” but one of the longest sections remaining will take you on the scenic drive through Peach Springs, on the edge of the Hualapai Indian Reservation to Kingman
You will cross into Nevada today via the Hoover Dam. There is so much to see and explore in this amazing man-made structure that channels the mighty Colorado River. Finally, your adventure ends in Las Vegas this crazy fun city of neon, megastars and casinos!
After breakfast it is a short 20 mile drive to return your motorhome to the Cruise America depot in Las Vegas.