On Route 66, its history can be traced back to the late 1920s, when it was first offered and stocked. But it was not until 1938 that the road was completely paved from its eastern beginning in Chicago, Illinois, to its western end in Santa Monica, CA, about 2,450 miles later. Of course, this route can go east or west, although most Route 66 passengers prefer to travel from east to west, just as Joad's family did in John Steinbeck's famous literary work, The Grapes of Wrath.
Unfortunately, Route 66 was replaced in the 1960s by new interstate highways that bypassed many small towns and were completely removed from the interstate highway system in 1985. But partly also on Route 66 for many organizations, small-town chambers of commerce, enthusiasts and historians refused many to die. Over the last 25 years, new heritage tourism has taken place, which has reaffirmed its interest in preserving this great piece of Americana history and nostalgia, Route 66.
Often referred to as "Mother Road," "American Highway," or "Will Rogers Road," the route passes through eight different states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Let's take a closer look at Arizona.
Arizona is the west of 7 of 8 Route 66 states with 401 miles on the border. It has some of the most beautiful scenery, some of the most unique must-see bodies, the highest elevation and the longest uninterrupted part of Route 66 throughout the journey.
Geographically, Arizona is home to the Meteor Crater, a petrified forest and a painted desert. These locations offer amazing photographic opportunities as well as the opportunity to explore and explore these natural attractions.
About 75 miles to Arizona, both the Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert, is the city of Holbrook. Wigwam Village Motel is home to most Route 66 travelers, and many mention this attraction as the highlight of their trip. Further west is Joseph City, a Mormon establishment founded in the late 1870s. The famous Jackrabbit Trading Post is located in Joseph City. One of Route 66's most well-known signing sites is the famous billboard near Jackrabbit's trade post, which calls out "HERE IT IS".
A meteorite crater and a "corner" to the west of "Winslow", Winslow, extinct Two guns, an abandoned twin arrow and "don't forget" Winona is a city in Flagstaff. Flagstaff has the famous Lowell Observatory and is the gateway to the Grand Canyon, an hour's drive north. The canyon is well-deserved alongside Route 66 to see one of the eight wonders of wildlife in the world. If you wish, you can also reach the grand Grand Canyon via the Grand Canyon Railroad just 30 miles west of Flagstaff. Between Flagstaff and Williams is Brannigan Peak. At 7,320 feet above sea level, the Rt is the highest elevation in the entire route. 66.
15 miles west of Williams is Ash Fork, the world's flagship capital. Just past Ash Fork, you can say goodbye to I-40 as you begin Route 66's longest uninterrupted journey. Be sure to stop by the legendary Snow Cap Drive in Seligman and the exciting Hackberry general store before Kingman arrives. Here you will find many surviving business establishments catering to Route 66 travelers, including a very well-made museum.
Be sure to leave Kingman while you still have daylight, as you will not miss the incredible landscape that awaits you as you travel through the Black Mountain setbacks and hairpins. Oatman is waiting, as are many savage buros who call the old mining town home. Be sure to check out the historic Oatman Hotel where Clark Gable and Carole Lombard spent honeymoon.
Leaving Oatman, you can quickly get past the casinos of Laughlin Nevada and try your luck or move on to Golden Shores, Topock and return to I-40 to cross the mighty Colorado River to California.