Looking for an nostalgic journey through Arizona? Jump on Route 66 to be instantly transported to a time when life was simple. It is the setting for the Disney movie Cars and Thelma and Louise. Imagine yourself in a convertible, summer sun, listening to the radio and you’ll know the nostalgia this highway brings.
It’s the Main Street of America! Extending through eight states, it’s pavement runs the entire distance east to west through Northern Arizona. This section in Arizona is the most filmed strip of the entire distance.
Don’t take this path of you are in a hurry. The roads are less than desirable, with unrelenting curves and asphalt that’s seen better days but there are so many great stops along the way! Pack your camera, ignore the clock, and grab a friend and head out on an incredible roadtrip.
One of my favorites towns is Oatman. It’s not uncommon to have to slow for wild burrows roaming the town. You can buy treats for these burrows but they are wild so feed at your own risk. Oatman as founded after quite the gold mine find in 1915. Today, they keep it fun and enjoy the wild west atmosphere for tourists. If you’re there at high noon, be prepared for an showdown right out of the Wild West. Spoiler alert: the drunken bank robber never gets away from the town’s sheriff.
For an touch of history, take a stop in Peach Springs, home of the Hualapai Indians. There are many ghost towns along the path, like Hackberry and Truxton. You;ll want to spend time roaming these ghost towns by foot. This is “Radiator Springs” from Disney’s Cars movie. Many people stop here before hiking Hualapai Hill, just eight miles from this little town.
66 will take you right through Williams, a favorite for many. With its throwback appeal and shopping, dining and lodging. Williams is known for being the setting in the movie, A Polar Express. Williams is also the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Spend time here on the historic railroad tour, a drive through wildlife safari, or stay down town, walking through the streets of a town who works to keep a friendly place to come.
You’ll enjoy the view of Sedona from your car but imagine what great sights from stopping to explore! Sedona is gorgeous! The route takes you up close and personal with some incredible red rock formations.
The Grand Canyon Caverns
These are not attached to the Grand Canyon but an elevator takes you below to see some incredible formations of underground formations. Not many people can boast of hiking an underground trail.
The journey across main street of America is one you will never forget. It’s scenery is an mix of steep cliffs and low valleys. It’s a real desert experience with occasional ghost towns and many tourist attractions. If you can only fit a chunk of the route in, it’s worth every mile. Let us know of your travels around route 66 by contacting us, we would love to hear about it! This post about Route 66 was sponsored by the Harkins Camelview Movie Theater located in the Scottsdale Fashion Square.