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Destinations: Route 66

Get your Kicks on Route 66:

If you ever plan to motor west
Travel my way, the highway that's the best.
Get your kicks on Route 66!

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Have you ever wanted to take a driving vacation like this, straight into nostalgia?
You've heard the song; doesn't it make you want to drive Route 66?

The song was first recorded by Nat King Cole and was subsequently covered by many others including Chuck Berry and The Rolling Stones. A whole generation grew up humming along and dreaming of throwing caution to the wind and driving this fabled highway.

Originally the highway ran from Chicago to Los Angeles. It was America's primary east-west highway through the middle of the 20th century. In the middle of the 50s and 60s, the automobile became the transport of choice for many Americans, and they took to the highways on driving vacations seeking fun and adventure. Kitschy hotels and tourist attractions sprang up along Route 66 to accommodate them.

Route 66

Nowadays, old Route 66 does not show up on current road maps as such. You have to check with guidebooks written about the old route; there are several books and maps written for this. A great place to check is the historic66 website for information.

Today the longest remaining stretch of the original route 66 is in Arizona. This section is about 600 km. The main streets of Holbrook, Flagstaff and Williams still feature classic 1950s-style motels and diners. Picture wigwam motels, doggie diners and emporiums like the Geronimo Trading Post, the Jack Rabbit Trading Post or tourist traps like the Tee Pee Curios shop. Fill up in great old "filling stations".

There is some of the original two lane blacktop. Some of the road lies on old wagon trails and railroad routes. The route may be hard to follow and frustrating to find at times, but those turn-by-turn maps will help.

This drive is about fun and an age of innocence and slightly kitschy stuff, so stop in towns like Oatman and enjoy the Old West gunfights put on for the tourists. There are "wild burros" roaming around. They are descendants of burros used by the miners - take care, they will beg for food. Explore "Ghost Towns" like Peach Springs, Truxton, Valentine and Hackberry.

Drive by the corner in Winslow Arizona that the Eagles sang about.

You will drive through the Painted Desert, a vast area of colored sand and beautiful views. Also see the Petrified Forest National Park. 225 million years ago, these stones were trees that were growing here. Nearby you can see some strange looking dinosaurs that advertise a petrified wood shop.

Take side trips to see Sedona, Meteor Crater and especially the south rim of the Grand Canyon.

You can drive the route in either direction but going from east to west is considered the "right" way.
And since most guide books are written in that direction it is easier that way too. You can drive this section of the highway any time of the year, but spring and autumn are best.

Some areas pass through the desert, so take precautions like having plenty of water and sunscreen. There are also stretches where petrol is not easily available, so make sure the tank is full.

 

Follow this link to have a look at our Route 66 Tour.

 

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