Last update: 01/07/2019
We tell you a little bit about the history of the famous Route 66, Route 66 in English in this post. And as we mentioned, we had already known the beginning (in Chicago, Illinois) and the end (in Santa Monica, California) of this road that is considered a great landmark in the history of the United States that passes through no more than 8 American states (Illinois , Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California).
Our first opportunity to go through it, in fact, happened in the state of Arizona. It was on the way to the Grand Canyon along Route 66 that we had the chance to see some of the famous cities that are part of American history. We passed by little stores, gas stations, restaurants and we could feel closely what this road really represents. There are 645 km of the total 3,940 km that are located in the state of Arizona. Of these 645 km, we traveled around 200 km and got to know some places that were very significant during the 1950s and 1960s.
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Let's get to know a little more about Route 66? Our route is on the map below:
Following the itinerary of our Road Trip, we left our tour of Hoover Dam (A), which we tell you here in this post, and we were going to visit the Grand Canyon National Park. During 200 km on Route 66, we pass through the cities of Kingman (B), Peach Springs (C), Seligman (D) and Williams (E). After that, we changed roads and headed to the Grand Canyon (F).
Heading to the Grand Canyon on Route 66
The city of Kingman has less than 30 thousand inhabitants and is known for being “The Heart of Historic Route 66”, that is, The Heart of Historic Route 66. During World War II, the city played an important role as one of the bases of the US Air Force for training soldiers.
We still hadn't had breakfast and stopped at Mr. D'z, a typical Route 66 diner, with incredible decor inspired by the great hits of the 1950s and 1960s. Right outside, a super charming old blue car with the Route 66 symbol. because it is very colorful, has a very different facade and a large sign. Shortly after we arrived, a group of about 10 Harley Davidson bikers also arrived at the scene. We felt like we were in a movie! The experience is very nice and the food at the place was one of the best we ate during our Road Trip! It's really worth checking out!
- Address: 105 E Andy Devine Ave, Kingman, AZ 86401
- Time: every day from 7 am to 9 pm
We continued our journey and went through some places that were once cities in the past and are now abandoned. Or cities that don't have any attractions or something really different to observe.
Heading to the Grand Canyon on Route 66, we made a quick stop in the town of Peach Springs just to stretch our legs a little and go to the bathroom. The city did not arouse much interest in us, as it did not seem to preserve much of the culture of Route 66 and is quite small (around 1,000 inhabitants). The city is one of those that has a motel, a restaurant, a gas station and some shops.
We stayed in Peach Springs for a short time and went straight to Seligman to gas up. The city is considered the “Birthplace of Route 66”, ie the Birthplace of Route 66. The city has less than 500 inhabitants. However, she seemed much nicer and had more options than Peach Springs, for example. We took the opportunity to stop at a typical little shop to buy a Route 66 fridge magnet for our travel magnet collection and a local t-shirt.
The last town on our route to the Grand Canyon on Route 66 was Williams. It was curious as we were leaving Seligman that we suddenly realized that Route 66 was over! That's right, it turned into a dead end road and the GPS took us to a bigger highway with wider lanes. We walked a few kilometers along it until we returned to Route 66 and entered the town of Williams, with its 3,000 inhabitants, the last town on the route before taking the road that leads to the Grand Canyon and where we would have lunch at another typical diner.
This time, after a lot of research during the planning of our trip, we found a typical cafeteria that served 1950s-style hamburgers and that the decor was all made with Coca-Cola brand items!
There is also a store on site that sells T-shirts, wall clocks, mugs and other Route 66-themed items.
Twisters 50's Soda Fountain
- Address: 417 E Rte 66, Williams, AZ 86046
- Time: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 21:00 (summer and spring and 20:00 in winter and fall) and closed on Sundays and some holidays
- see the menu in this link
Right after lunch, we left Route 66 and headed towards Grand Canyon National Park, one of the most incredible landscapes on the planet. But that's history for the next post!
We made a video with a summary of some photos of our passage to the Grand Canyon on Route 66. Check it out on our Youtube channel below!
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