Historic Route 66 in Arizona
Built in the late 1920's, Route 66 is one of the most famous highways in America. It connected eight states from Chicago to Los Angeles. The following U.S. states were linked by Route 66:
- New Mexico
Route 66 was replaced with the Interstate Highway in the mid 1980's. However, some of the historic Route 66 has been preserved by the National Scenic Byway. If you are looking for a nostalgic vacation, Route 66 is a great road trip.
In Arizona, Route 66 runs from Lupton to Topock. This road trip can be broken up in four sections.
Route 66 Sections in Arizona
- Lupton to Winslow
- Winslow to Flagstaff
- Flagstaff to Seligman
- Seligman to Topock
Lupton to Winslow
Lupton is on the border of New Mexico and Arizona and takes you through the Petrified Forest. The drive from Lupton to Winslow is 105 miles and about an 1.5 hours.
Winslow to Flagstaff
Winslow to Flagstaff drive is 57 miles and if you do not stop would take about an hour.
Be sure to stop at the The Crown Railroad Cafe in Flagstaff. This historic restaurant opened in the 1960's and is located on Route 66.
Flagstaff to Seligman
Route 66 from Flagstaff to Seligman will take you through Williams.
Williams, the gateway to the Grand Canyon, was the last town on Route 66 bypassed by Interstate-40.
Seligman to Topock
Seligman to Topock is the last leg or first leg, depending on your direction, of Route 66 in Arizona. This route takes you through Peach Springs, Hackberry, Kingman, and Oatman to Topock.
Stop in Oatman to see the wild burros, see the defunct mine, and shop in this old west town.
Stop in Kingman to see the Route 66 Museum. They have a great collection of Route 66 memorabilia.