April 27 - May 4, 2019

Travel, Landscape, Urban, Nature and People Photography


  1. -8 Days

  2. -Workshop Adventure

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -Photo Walks & Hikes

  5. -Small Group Size

  6. -Fine Hotels

  7. -Breakfasts

  8. -2 Dinners

  9. -National Park Entry Fees

  10. -Local Transportation



Historic Route 66

Amarillo, Tucumcari, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Flagstaff, Santa Monica


Explore and experience America’s Historic Route 66.

Route 66 Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

It’s not all about automobiles, although the automobile did play an important part in establishing America’s Historic Route 66. After all, it is a highway, or at least it used to be. And if you saw Disney’s animated movie “Cars”, you will probably recognize that the movie was based on the Route 66 story.

Known by several names throughout the years including the "Mother Road," "Main Street of America," and the "Will Rogers Highway," Route 66 served travelers for some 50 years, before totally succumbing to the "new and improved" interstate system.

Established in 1926, road signs began to be erected the following year, but, it would be several years before the 2,448 mile highway would be continuously paved from Chicago to Los Angeles. Running through the states of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, the highway became one of the most famous roads in America. For decades, this historic path served thousands who were migrating west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930's. (Note: Our adventure covers the most interesting and photogenic states from Texas to California.)

Over the years, the road underwent many improvements and realignments, changing its path and overall length, and moving its endpoint farther west to Santa Monica. Unfortunately, Route 66 was eventually and officially decommissioned and the familiar highway markers came down. But, it was not the end for this historic path. New generations wanted to travel this old road, signs began to go back up, and today, thousands enjoy these vintage peeks along the old highway. However, the original road is not indicated on most maps or GPS systems today. Photo Workshop Adventures has scouted and researched Historic Route 66 so that you can capture and enjoy this slice of history, and make some interesting and beautiful images.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the southwest and America’s Historic Route 66!


Group Size

4 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Moderate schedule

Travel by SUV or minibus

Moderate elevation changes and some walking and hiking

(non-photographers also welcome)

Photographer | Guides

Michael Chinnici  |  April 27 - May 4, 2019

Weather | Sun

May - Temps 73-80/41-62 F  23-26/5-11 C  Sunrise 6:38 | Sunset 8:50 (20:50)

September - Temps 80-82/47-57 F  26-28/8-14 C  Sunrise 7:28 | Sunset 8:00 (20:00)


Travel, landscape, urban, nature and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

Fine hotel accommodations (except in remote locations)


2 Dinners

Local transportation


Drury Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express or similar - Amarillo, TX

Blue Swallow Motel or similar - Tucumcari, NM

Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi or similar - Santa Fe, NM

Little America, Hilton Garden Inn or similar - Flagstaff, AZ

Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, Autograph Collection or similar - Lake Arrowhead, CA

Channel Road Inn, A Four Sisters Inn or similar - Santa Monica, CA

Travel Information

Arrival Airport: Amarillo International Airport (AMA) - Transfer time to hotel 30min

Departure Airport: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - Transfer time to hotel 30min

Our adventure begins at 9 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.



Photo Adventure Vacation | April 27 - May 4, 2019:  $5,895

Single Supplement:  $800

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room (Amarillo):  $250

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room (Santa Monica):  $400

Deposit:  $1000


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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.


Although the original Route 66 starts in Chicago, for the purposes of time and logistics, we will travel the most photogenic and scenic route, taking us from Amarillo, Texas throughout the southwest to Santa Monica, California. We will travel through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

Day 1 | Amarillo - Vega - Ghost Towns - Tucumcari

We meet in the morning at our hotel in Amarillo, Texas where we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. We will have informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. After lunch we will photograph the famous Cadillac Ranch and then drive west and explore the town of Vega, Texas as well as numerous New Mexico ghost towns along the way. We arrive in Tucumcari just in time for a sunset shoot of our vintage hotel. In the evening we celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite New Mexico restaurants. (D)

Day 2 | Amarillo - Vega - Ghosts Towns - Albuquerque

We depart Tucumcari and head west on Route 66. We’ll photograph and explore the towns of Vega, Texas as well as numerous New Mexico ghost towns along the way. In the late morning we arrive in Santa Rosa, NM and eventually Albuquerque, New Mexico where we will explore this famous stretch of Route 66. Albuquerque’s history dates back 12,000 years when the Ancient Puebloan Indians settled in the area. But the Albuquerque we know came to life in 1540 when Conquistador Francisco Vasquez de Coronado came north in search of the mythical Seven Cities of Cibola. After, we head north to Santa Fe, New Mexico where we will spend the next two nights. (B)

Day 3 | Santa Fe - Cline’s Corners

While we are based in Santa Fe fro two nights, we will spend the morning exploring the town in the early morning light. After breakfast we will visit Cline’s Corners, a landmark since 1934. Cline's Corners has been pumping gas and selling souvenirs for over 70 years. After lunch we will visit and photograph some of the stunningly beautiful nearby slot canyons. In the evening we enjoy the city of Santa Fe at night. (B)

Day 4 | Santa Fe - Gallup - Winslow - Flagstaff

On day four we depart very early and head southwest back to Albuquerque, NM and then west to Arizona. Aside from the occasional ghost town, we arrive at Gallup, New Mexico. Gallup was a typical, western frontier town with saloons, false store fronts, wooden sidewalks and a single road paralleling the railroad tracks. Nearby is the ancient Puebloans White House Ruin Canyon de Chelly National Monument. As we cross over into Arizona we are treated to the “Painted Desert” and “Petrified Forest” which make for some beautiful photography. Next up... Winslow Arizona, made famous by The Eagles song “Take It Easy” in 1972. Lyrics... "I was standin on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, such a fine site to see - It's a girl my Lord in a flat bed Ford slowin' down to take a look at me ..."). Winslow is frozen in time and the prefect place absorb, photograph and enjoy a late lunch. As we move west, and about thirty miles east of Flagstaff, Arizona, is the historic ghost town of Two Guns. The area that would become Two Guns started as a site of major confrontation between the Navajos and the Apaches in the 19th century. In 1880 the land just to the north of Two Guns was Canyon Diablo, which would become a ghost town before Two Guns was even born. We’ll explore this area before finally heading on the Flagstaff, Arizona where we will spend the night. (B)

Day 5 | Flagstaff - Grand Canyon - Segilman - Kingman

After breakfast we depart Flagstaff and head west toward the Grand Canyon. After spending some time at the Grand Canyon we move on to the small towns of Ash Fork and Segilman, Arizona. When Route 66 came through, Seligman accommodated the many travelers with numerous motor courts and services, bringing a substantial boost to the town’s economy. In the late 1970's Seligman was bypassed by I-40, and then, in the mid 1980's, the Santa Fe Railroad closed its operations in the city. Today, a visit to this small city is a step back in time, where you will see an odd mixture of cattle ranching, truck drivers and Mother Road icons. We’ll be sure to photograph The Rusty Bolt. By evening we arrive in Kingman, Arizona. (B)

Day 6 | Cajon Pass - San Bernardino - Lake Arrowhead

As we leave Arizona and make our way into California, we come to Cajon Pass, which separates the San Gabriel Mountains from the San Bernardino Mountains. This was once the only gateway negotiable by wagon trains. It was here that the Mojave Trail, the Mormon Trail, and the Spanish Trail converged. Along this old path traveled history’s Indians, trappers, explorers and scouts on their way to what would become the San Bernardino Valley. The first paved highway was built over the pass in 1916 and was upgraded several times until the highway was replaced by I-15 in 1969. We’ll continue to explore more ghost towns and small towns along the way. By evening we arrive in Lake Arrowhead, a resort area where we will enjoy our hotel. (B)

Day 7 | San Gabriel Mountains - Los Angeles - Santa Monica

On our last full day we will depart after breakfast and make our way through the desert and the San Gabriel Mountains, on to Pasadena, Los Angeles and finally Santa Monica, California. As to be expected, the urban sprawl has just about ended any trace of Route 66 as we close in on Los Angeles. There are still interesting places to photograph and enjoy along the way. By afternoon, we arrive at our hotel in Santa Monica where we will rest before our “Farewell Dinner”, filled with great fun and laughter as we discuss all the highlights of the trip. (B) (D)

Day 8 | Santa Monica

On our final day we have our final group discussion, review our favorite photos, trade contact information and bid you farewell. We urge you to extend your stay in Santa Monica or elsewhere in the California and make good use of everything you will learn on our photo adventure. (B)

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®

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NOTE: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, travel to and from our destinations, airport transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless it is not offered in our hotel package. As is standard in the travel industry, all accommodations are based on double occupancy. Please choose the private room / single supplement option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if you are traveling with a guest. We reserve the right to change events and schedules throughout the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Our number one priority is always the safety of our group.