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The History and Culture Tour via I-40 (Los Angeles to Washington DC) (Part I)

Estimated Travel Period: 20 Days, about 40 hours
Estimated Travel Distance: 2,692 miles

Best Time To Travel

The weather is at its best in late Summer (mid-July to August), Autumn (September to November) and late Spring (mid-April to May). Just remember that the heat can be overwhelming so bring plenty of water, sunglasses, sunblock and your best bikini. We'll help you prepare with A Guide To Packing For Your US Self-Drive Holiday.

Discover the historical and cultural wonders of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia and Maryland as you travel from the West to the East Coast.
MyDriveHoliday makes your self-drive getaway planning all too easy. We have already listed down all the key attractions to see, activities to try and great campgrounds to stay in at every stop. Still looking for a motorhome for the trip? Los Angeles RV Hire can give you awesome vehicles from only the top American brands.
Want to go from the East Coast to the West Coast? You can still use the itinerary by following it in reverse. You can get the best possible deal on your motorhome rental at RV Hire Washington DC.

Day 1 Los Angeles to Barstow

Estimated Travel Period: about 1 hour 45 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:115 miles

Art and history come together on Barstow's Main Street, where murals tell the story of the city's culture and heritage. Drive up to the Desert Discovery Center to find the Old Woman Meteorite, the largest meteorite ever found in California.

Day 2 Barstow to Flagstaff

Estimated Travel Period: about 5 hours 5 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:355 miles

See the Sinaguan cliff dwellings or take a tour of the canyon rim into a ponderosa forest in Walnut Canyon National Monument.

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Day 3 Flagstaff

Estimated Travel Period: 7 minutes
Estimated Travel Distance:3 miles

The Museum of Northern Arizona has an great number of Native American artifacts as well as collections focusing on anthropology, biology, geology and fine arts.

Day 4 Flagstaff to Gallup

Estimated Travel Period: about 2 hours 45 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:184 miles

The El Rancho Hotel & Motel has had many famous guests like Spencer Tracy and Kirk Douglas, and is still in operation to this day. The Gallup Flea Market has authentic native jewelry and delicious Navajo cakes.

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Day 5 Gallup to Santa Rosa

Estimated Travel Period: about 3 hours 40 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:253 miles

Dive into the Blue Hole, a bell-shaped pool with clear blue waters and is a popular swimming spot in New Mexico.

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Day 6 Santa Rosa

Estimated Travel Period: 3 minutes
Estimated Travel Distance:1.8 miles

There are plenty of cars and Route 66 memorabilia in the Route 66 Auto Museum.

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Day 7 Santa Rosa to Elk City

Estimated Travel Period: about 4 hours 30 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:315 miles

Have a delicious home-cooked meal and french silk pie at the Country Dove Tea Room, which is also conveniently along Route 66.

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