Route 66 can locate its history until the end of 1920 when it was proposed and presented for the first time. However, it was not until 1938 that the road was completely asphalted from her and began in Chicago, Illinois to the western terminal of Santa Monica, California, about 2,450 kilometers later . Of course, the route can be reached either east or west, although most travelers on Route 66 prefer to head east to the west as it goes Make the Joad family to the famous literary work of John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath.
Unfortunately, Route 66 began to be replaced in the 1960s by new interstate highways that passed many cities along the way and was completely removed from the interstate highway system in 1985. Although partly many organizations of the Route 66, the small city chambers of commerce, enthusiasts and historians refused to let it die. Over the past 25 years there has been a new revival of heritage tourism that has reversed the interest in preserving this great piece of history and American nostalgia that is Route 66.
Often, known as "The Mother Road", "America's Main Street" or "Will Rogers Highway", the route passes through eight different states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Let's take a look at the state of Arizona in more detail.
Towards the west, Arizona is the seventh of the eight states of the Route 66 and has 401 miles border border. It has some of the most beautiful landscapes, some of the most obligatory establishments of a must visit, the highest elevation and the longest uninterrupted stretch of Route 66 throughout the journey.
Geographically, Arizona is home to Meteor crater, petrified forest and painted desert. These sites offer some incredible photo opportunities, but also an opportunity to explore and take excursions on foot from these natural attractions.
About 75 kilometers from Arizona, past the petrified forest and the painted desert, is the town of Holbrook. Welcoming the Wigwam Village Motel, most travelers on Route 66 expect to sleep in a tepee and many consider this milestone as an outstanding feature of their trip. More in the west is Joseph City, a Mormon establishment created in the late 1870s and # 39; s. Located in Joseph City, is the famous Jackrabbit Trading Post. One of the best known signing sites on Route 66 is the famous billboard that exclaims "HERE IS" located at the Jackrabbit Trading Post.
More west, in front of the Meteor Crater and the "standin" in Winslow, the extinct Two Guns, the abandoned twin arrows and the "do not forget" Winona is finds in the city of Flagstaff. Flagstaff welcomes the famous Lowell Observatory and is also the gateway to the Grand Canyon located a few hours north of the car. The canyon is worth a trip to the side of Route 66 to see one of the eight natural wonders of the world. If you prefer, you can also access the spectacular Grand Canyon through the Grand Canyon Railway outside of Williams just 30 kilometers west of Flagstaff. Between Flagstaff and Williams is Brannigan Peak. It is 7,320 feet above sea level and is the highest elevation point for the whole Rt route. 66
15 miles west of Williams is Ash Fork, the world's stone capital. Just after Ash Fork, you can leave the I-40 when you start the longest uninterrupted stretch of Route 66 throughout the journey. Make sure to stop at the legendary Snow Cap Drive-in of Seligman and the fascinating general store of Hackberry before arriving at Kingman. Here you will find many commercial establishments still preserved that cater to the traveler on Route 66, including a very well-done museum.
Be sure to leave Kingman while you still have daylight so you will not lose the amazing landscape as you travel through Black Mountain switches and black hairs. Oatman awaits, as do the many wild donkeys that call the old house of the mining city. Do not forget to check out the historic Oatman hotel, where Clark Gable and Carole Lombard spent their honeymoon.
Leaving Oatman, you can take a quick side tour to Laughlin Nevada casinos and try your luck or continue on Golden Shores, Topock and return to I-40 to cross the mighty Colorado River to California.