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The Wagon Wheel Motel in Cuba, Missouri is the oldest continously operated motel on Route 66 and a destination. It is a time capsule wrapped in modern amenities. It is a roadside oasis. It is the essence of Route 66 made manifest.

Route 66 Travel Simplified

It’s a navigator. It’s a a guide that knows every twist, every turn, every alignment of Route 66. It’s an event planner. It’s a travel planner so you don’t miss a great Old West watering hole, the best restaurant or that special motel. It’s the Route 66 Navigation app. Add the Mother Road Route 66 Passport and the FREE Route 66 travel planning E-book and you have a perfect Route 66 holiday. Order yours today! 

More than a place to rest the weary head 

Jim Hinckley’s America recommends

We test the pillows, check out the shower and try the morning coffee so you don’t have to. Here are a few of our favorite motels and hotels on a Route 66 adventure:

  • Carlinvilla Motel, Carlinville, Illinois
  • Moonrise Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Wagon Wheel Motel, Cuba, Missouri
  • Munger Moss Motel, Lebanon, Missouri
  • Boots Court, Carthage, Missouri
  • Desert Hills Motel, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Flamingo Motel, Elk City, Oklahoma
  • Western Motel, Shamrock, Texas
  • Chalet Inn, Groom, Texas
  • Roadrunner Lodge, Tucumcari, New Mexico
  • Motel Safari, Tucumcari, New Mexico
  • Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumcari, New Mexico
  • Plaza Hotel, Las Vegas, New Mexico
  • El Rey Motel, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Sunset Motel, Moriarty, New Mexico 
  • Monterrey Motel, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • El Rancho Hotel, Gallup New Mexico
  • Globetrotter Lodge, Holbrook, Arizona
  • La Posada Hotel, Winslow, Arizona
  • Grand Canyon Caverns Inn
  • Fender’s River Resort, Needles, California
  • Saga Motor Hotel, Pasadena, California

Looking for a reputable tour company for a Route 66 or back roads adventure?

We can help with that as well! Our reputation is on the line so we take recommendations seriously. Here are a few of the tour companies that we work with. 

Route 66 Germany

Motorcycle tours along Route 66 and through the southwest led by guides that know motorcycles, the road and the people that make the adventure memorable.  

Gilligan's Route 66 Tours

Start in Chicago, finish on the Santa Monica pier at the ‘End of Route 66’ sign – Ford Mustang as standard (insurances and one-way fees included) – Average approximately 145 miles a day from Chicago to LA – Guests enjoy our own, unique GPS programme with extensive Route Book and a USA mobile phone – Drive some of the oldest alignments including some that remain unsealed to this day – Stay at superior hotels and enjoy some iconic Route 66 motels along the way!

Desert Wonder Tours

Discover the magic, the wonder and the majesty of northwestern Arizona. Desert Wonder Tours and Trips offer 1-4-hour specialty tours that are either pre-trip or step-on historian narrated or contain a guided tour at the end destination. Tours are offered year-round to historical locations, natural wonders, and cultural museums.

NEW! Walking tours in the historic business district of Kingman, Arizona into the Cerbat Foothills Recreation Area with author Jim Hinckley as your guide. 

Route 66 Tours

Three Route 66 Guided Tours run annually. Discover America’s most famous highway in a modern muscle car or by motorcycle. We give you the time required to slow down and enjoy The Mother Road as we average only 166 miles per day. Still, with our knowledgable guides at the helm you are assured of full, fun and action packed days.

We also offer the Sturgis tour, a magical adventure through some of the world’s most beautiful National Parks. Ride the amazing Rocky Mountains to the Black Hills of South Dakota, then take in one of the biggest bike festivals of all time.

Welcome to Jim Hinckley’s America 

Presentations

Presentations on Route 66 and its unique culture, the dawning of the great American road trip, the infancy of the American auto industry and adventures in the southwest have been made at events in the United States as well as Europe. 

Jim brings history to laugh, inspires adventures and does it all with a dry sense of humor that has earned him an international popularity. 

Tour Enhancement 

For the individual or the tour company, Jim Hinckley will transform your adventure into something truly memorirable. From organizing receptions and presentations tailored to your groups interest to historic district walking tours in Kingman, Arizona and travel planning assistance Jim transforms road trips into something magical. 

He has garnered favorable reviews and recommendations from an array of diverse clients including Jim Livingston, photographer, Nissan Canada, Gilligan’s Route 66 Tours of New Zealand, Route 66 Tours of Australia, Netherlands based U.S. Bikers, the Czech Route 66 Association, Dutch Route 66 Association and countless Route 66 enthusiasts. 

Research

Historic research services for authors, museums, historic societies , corporations and government entitites.

FAQ

The Most Famous Highway In The World

Route 66 may not be America’s most historic or most scenic highway. It is, however, that nations most famous highway. 

The Highway With An International Fan Club

Route 66 is not America’s most historic or scenic highway. It is, however, the nations most famous highway. Did you know that there Route 66 associations in Australia, Japan, Germany, Netherlands, UK, Czech Republic, Norway and Italy that organize tours and events? 

The Main Street of America

Route 66 was branded the Main Street of America in a marketing campaign launched in early 1927. Did you know that Judge Lowe proposed use of this slogan to promote the National Old Trails Road in 1913? 

The Biggest Surprise of All

Perhaps the most amazing thing about Route 66 is that it does not exist. U.S. 66 was officially removed from the roster of US highways in 1985.

Jim Hinckley’s America Adventurers Club

Jim Hinckley’s America is all about adventures inspired and adventures shared. The Adventurers Club video series takes this to an all new level. Join author Jim Hinckley on ghost town exploration and back road adventures. Meet the fascinating people, the business owners and the visionaries that make each adventure an unforgetable experience. 

What Our Clients & Fans Say About Jim Hinckley’s America 

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Love the stories and his laid back style.”

“A Will Rogers for the 21st century.”

Unparalleled adventures to excite the modern traveler, complete with historic stories with plots and characters that could only come out of the Old West. Couple that with all the iconic stops, eats, tours, and haircuts, that will have your friends amazed, and even a little jealous!”

Our Blog

The Wild Ride

The Wild Ride

Ezra Meeker traveled the Oregon Trail with an ox cart. He also toured the country in a National automobile, flew across the country in an airplane and helped build the first service station along the National Old Trails Road in the Cajon Pass of California. Henry Starr was a frontier era outlaw turned movie star. He began robbing banks and eluding posses on horseback, and ended his prolific career by attempting an escape by automobile. Wyatt Earp ended his days hanging around movie sets in Los Angeles and befriending up and coming movie stars. 

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