Photographic Tour of Route 66

Philips 66 McLean Texas

Gas Station, Route 66, McLean Texas

I will be co leading a photographic tour along Route 66 with the renowned landscape photographer David Ward in October 2012. The tour is limited to just twelve people and we are looking to fill the  last remaining places.

Route 66 – which once epitomised the American Dream and now holds cult status with travellers and rock and roll music lovers – is a photographer’s paradise.

One of the most famous roads in America and from 1926 till the mid 1970´s linked Chicago, Illinois with Los Angeles, California, 2400 miles of ‘blacktop’ that became a national icon in the post war years. As world economies recovered and people returned from the second world war it
was boom time in the USA. Americans became a nation of travellers, and Route 66 was the chosen route for many. Restaurants and motels, gas stations and drive-in theatres were the backdrop for a road populated by thousands of fine motor vehicles.

In 1956 the Interstate Highway Act signalled the beginning of the end for the Mother Road, Historic Route 66. But the efforts of several enthusiasts have enabled many parts of the road to be restored and bought back into being. Whilst the route itself is a shadow of its former self, its legend lives on. The exuberant architecture and other symbols which helped make the Route so famous are now in differing states of repair making them ideal photographic subjects.

Join us on this two week tour through Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona to photograph the highlights of the Mother Road

Key Facts about the trip


13 – 27 October 2012


The tour starts in Oklahoma City and finishes in Las Vegas

How Much?

£2995  Deposit of £300 due at time of booking


all ground transportation, accommodation and breakfasts.

Not included

international flights, insurance and other meals not mentioned.

Group size


How to book

For further details contact Martin Smith on 020 8275 1040 or David Ward on 01432 830 781


Please note:

This is a photographic tour so the leaders will be doing all they can to maximise photographic opportunities. This will involve some early mornings and late evenings!

In order to give an authentic Route 66 experience, and to broaden photographic opportunities, we will stay in authentic Route 66 hotels on some nights. Whilst they will be clean and include private facilities, by their very nature they will not offer the more modern facilities of some of the other hotels on the tour.