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Historic Route 66
Arizona is home to the longest original stretch of Route 66, known as the Main Street of America. One of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System, it was a major path for those who migrated west, especially during the Dust Bowl. The road became so iconic it was heralded in pop culture by the hit song “Get Your Kicks on Route 66” and the Route 66 television show in the ‘60s. Cruise this scenic byway, taking a trip back in time to enjoy classic towns filled with Americana.
Accelerate your fun on the Mother Road.
Rent a convertible T-Bird and go sightseeing along Route 66. Whether you’re looking for cool kitsch, classic cars or colorful personalities, you’ll find it all in the towns that lie along the way on this classic road trip.
Most Popular Destinations
Lake Havasu City Area—Enjoy a leisurely cruise through beautiful Topock Gorge, near the start of the Arizona stretch of Route 66. Keep a lookout for unusual rock formations, ancient petroglyphs and wildlife, including coyotes, wild burros and bighorn sheep. And be sure to check out the Old Trails Bridge, an innovative piece of engineering that carried automobiles across the Colorado River from 1916 until 1948.
Oatman—This former gold-mining camp is another popular stop on the longest original stretch of the old Mother Road. Stroll the buckboard street and visit the historic Oatman Hotel, where movie stars Clark Gable and Carole Lombard honeymooned. Enjoy staged gunfights and feed the famous four-legged settlers of the town—the wild burros that roam the streets.
Kingman—Take the scenic drive through the Black Mountains following Route 66’s original 1926 course through Kingman, “the heart of historic Route 66” and home to the Historic Route 66 Museum, housed in the old Powerhouse building. The museum depicts the evolution of travel on this famous road through brilliant murals, photos and life-size dioramas.
Hackberry—Pull into the Hackberry General Store & Visitor’s Center, offering “the mother lode of Mother Road memorabilia.” Vintage pumps stand outside the Mobilgas, and the Greyhound dog welcomes bus visitors. The service garage also displays classic cars and Burma-Shave road signs. Stroll through the vintage diner, enjoy a bottle of Route 66 Beer (root beer) and find a special souvenir of your trip.
Peach Springs—Peach Springs lies within the traditional territory of the Hualapai people. It was once a lively railroad town with a trading post that was built in 1917 as a place for the Hualapai to swap their crafts for cloth, medicine and manufactured goods. The tribe acquired the Peach Springs Trading Post in 1950 and the building now serves as its tribal headquarters, as well as being listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Peach Springs also served as an inspiration for the fictional town Radiator Springs in the Pixar movie Cars.
Seligman—Get a snack at the quirky roadside Snow Cap Drive-In, a Route 66 nostalgia-lover’s delight built in 1953 by local resident and character Juan Delgadillo. A welcome sign that informs customers, “Sorry, we’re open,” sets the stage for fun while you order items like the “cheeseburger with cheese” or the “dead chicken.” Take the time to stop in the museum a few doors down and swap stories with Juan’s brother, Angel Delgadillo, known as the Guardian Angel of Route 66.
Williams—Relive the spirit of a bygone era along Route 66 through the community of Williams. Soda fountains, diners, quirky hotels, classic automobiles and unique shops line the Mother Road just as it was back in the day. With its preservation of an authentic small town atmosphere and history, Williams is the perfect place to stop by and “Get your kicks.”
Flagstaff—Spend the day in this quaint, mile-high city, where Route 66 is the main drag. Grab a bite at the Galaxy Diner, and then walk off your meal by browsing the wonderful shops in the downtown area. Two-step the night away to country music at the Museum Club, an historic Route 66 roadhouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Winslow—The Eagles ‘70s hit single “Take it Easy” inspires many to visit Winslow today and “Stand on the Corner.” The “Standin’ on a Corner Park” is located in historic downtown Winslow and features a life-size bronze statue and a two-story mural depicting “a girl in a flatbed Ford….” Stay at La Posada Hotel, with a National Historic Landmark designation, it’s an example of historic preservation at its best.
Holbrook—Just west of downtown is the iconic Wigwam Village #6 motel. Family owned and operated since 1950, the kitschy motel is comprised of individual non-connected sleeping units fashioned after the teepees of the Plains Indians. Fifteen teepees are situated in an open rectangle to resemble an Indian village.