Route 66 can trace its history to the late 1920s when it was first proposed and placed. However, the road was not completely open until 1938 from its eastern beginning in Chicago, Illinois to the western end in Santa Monica, California about 2450 miles away. Of course you can walk east or west, although most travelers on Route 66 prefer to go east to west just as Jawad's family did in John Steinbeck's famous literary works, The Grapes of Wrath.
Unfortunately, the replacement of Route 66 began in 1960 with new interstate highways that bypassed many small towns along the route and were completely removed from the interstate highway system in 1985. But in part to many Route 66 organizations, the city chambers of commerce Small, enthusiastic and historians refused much to let her die. Over the past 25 years, there has been a new comeback of heritage tourism that has revived interest in preserving this magnificent piece of America's nostalgia, Route 66.
It is often referred to as the "mother road" or "Main Street of America" or "Will Rogers Highway" running through eight different states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Let's take a look at Arizona in more detail.
Heading west, Arizona is the seventh state of 8 Route 66 and has 401 miles from border to border. It features some of the most beautiful landscapes, a few unique establishments that must be seen, and the highest altitude and longest stretch of Route 66 without interruption in the entire journey.
Geographically, Arizona is home to Metter Crater, Petrified Forest and Painted Desert. These sites offer some amazing photo opportunities but also an opportunity to explore these natural attractions and hiking.
About 75 miles in Arizona, past all of the fossilized forest and painted desert is the city of Holbrook. Most Route 66 travelers are looking to the home of Wigwam Village Motel, looking to sleep in tepee and many cite this landmark as the highlight of their trip. West of the city of Joseph, a Mormon Foundation founded in late 1870. Located in the famous city of Joseph Jackrabbit Trading Post. One of the most famous sites known in Route 66 is the famous bulletin board that marvel at the "HERE IT IS" in Jackrabbit Trading Post.
To the west of the past is a meteorite crater and the towns of Standin on the corner of Winslow, extinct Gun Two, the abandoned Twin Arrow and Winona. The city of Flagstaff is unforgettable. Flagstaff is home to the famous Lowell Observatory and is also the gate of the Grand Canyon, which is hours drive north. The valley is worth a side trip off Route 66 to see one of the eight natural wonders of the world. If you prefer, you can also reach the stunning Grand Canyon via the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams, about 30 miles west of Flagstaff. Between Flagstaff Williams lies Branigan Peak. At 7,320 feet above sea level, it is the highest elevation point along the entire Rt. 66.
15 miles west of Williamsburg is Ash Fork, the world famous capital. You can see farewell to the I-40 after the Fork ash passes, as the longest uninterrupted stretch of Route 66 begins on the entire journey. Be sure to stop at the legendary Snow Cap Drive-in at Seligman and the superb public store at Hackberry before arriving at Kingman. Here you will find many businesses that are still reserved and serve travelers on Route 66 including a very good museum.
Be sure to leave Kingman while you still have daylight because you will not miss the stunning landscape that lies ahead as you travel through the black hairpins of Black Mountain. Osman waits as well as many wild animals that are called the ancient mining city. Be sure to check out the historic Oatman Hotel where Clark Gable and Carol Lombard spent their honeymoon.
You can leave Oatman for a quick side trip to Laughlin Nevada Casinos and experience your luck or you can proceed via Golden Shores and Topock and return to I-40 to cross the mighty Colorado River to California.