The history of Route 66 dates back to the early 1920s when it was proposed and laid out. But it wasn't until 1938 that the road was completely spread from the eastern starting point of Chicago, Illinois, to the western end of Santa Monica, California, about 2,450 miles later. Of course, this route can travel east or west, although most Route 66 travelers prefer to travel from east to west, just as the Jord family is in John Steinbeck's famous literary work Grapes of Wrath. Do that.
Sadly, Route 66 was replaced by a new interstate highway in the 1960s that bypassed many small towns and was completely removed from the interstate highway system in 1985. However, for many Route 66 organizations, small town chambers of commerce, enthusiasts and historians have refused to let it die. Over the past 25 years, the resurgence of traditional tourism has revived interest in the preservation of the great American history and nostalgia of Route 66.
This route is often referred to as the "Mother's Road", "American Street" or "Will Rogers Highway", passing through eight different states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas States, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Let's take a closer look at Arizona.
Heading west, Arizona is the seventh of the eight states in 66 states, 401 miles from the border. Throughout the journey, it has some of the most beautiful scenery, some of the most unique must-see places, the highest altitude and the longest uninterrupted Route 66.
Geographically, Arizona is the home of meteor craters, petrified forests, and painted deserts. These locations not only provide incredible opportunities for photography, but also provide opportunities to explore and hike these natural attractions.
The town of Holbrook is about 75 miles from Arizona, passing through petrified forests and through painted deserts. At the location of the Wigwam Village Motel, most Route 66 travelers want to fall asleep in the tent, and many use this landmark as a highlight of the trip. Further west is Joseph City, a Mormon institution founded in 1870's. The famous Jackrabbit trading post is located in the city of Joseph. One of the most famous signature sites on Route 66 is the famous billboard, which marvels at the Jackrabbit trading post at “HERE IT IS”.
Crossing the meteor crater and "standing at the corner" Winslow, two extinct guns, abandoned double arrows and "don't forget" Winona town, is located in Flagstaff. Flagstaff is home to the famous Lowell Observatory and the gateway to the Grand Canyon, an hour's drive to the North Canyon. The gorge is well worth a walk along Route 66 to enjoy one of the eight natural wonders of the world. If you prefer, you can enter the spectacular Grand Canyon through Williams on the Grand Canyon Railway [about 30 miles west of Flagstaff]. The Branigan Peak is located between Flagstaff and Williams. At 7,320 feet above sea level, it is the highest altitude point for the entire Rt route. 66.
15 miles west of Williams is the world's slate capital of Ashford. Just after Ash Fork, you can say goodbye to the I-40, because you will start the longest uninterrupted Route 66 throughout your journey. Before arriving in Kingman, be sure to stop at Seligman's famous Snow Cap Drive-in car park and Hackberry's fascinating integrated store. Here, you'll find many well-preserved business facilities that cater to the needs of Route 66 travelers, including a well-built museum.
Be sure to leave Kingman when you have plenty of daylight, because when you cross the mountain bends of Montenegro and the hair in front, you won't miss the incredible scenery ahead. Oatman is waiting for people, and many wild wild children called old mining towns are waiting. Be sure to check out the historic Oatman Hotel, where Clark Gable and Carole Lombard spent their honeymoon.
Leaving Oatman, you can quickly get to the Laughlin Casino in Nevada, try your luck, or continue through the Golden Shores, Topock and return to I-40, across the mighty Colorado River into California.