Arizona’s Historic Route 66

Albuquerque NM to Las Vegas NV

Get your kicks on Route 66!

We have added a new tour that will cover many of the historic sites along the old Route 66 trail in Arizona. Attractions along the way include the Grand Canyon Caverns, Meteor Crater, The Wigwam Motel, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest National Park, ghost towns, Sedona city tour, south rim of the Grand Canyon by rail, and much more! We’ll even stand on a corner in Winslow Arizona! This is a tour I’ve wanted to plan and guide for many years and couldn’t be more excited to share the experience with you.

Come join us this year as we explore America’s Mother Road!

Route 66 history

For 90 years, Historic Route 66 has been America’s Road! It’s people have inspired writers, filmmakers, photographers, and artists. It’s a road that represents a simpler time of family road trips, neon, classic cars, cowboys, and mom and pop diners. Arizona’s stretch of Route 66 has ever-changing wonders from towering red cliffs, open spaces with endless blue skies, mountains, expansive forests, and distant mesas that look like painted pictures.

Dotted with mom and pop businesses, , neon signs, and eclectic roadside attractions tells the story of America’s historical move west. The creation of this 2,448-mile “super highway” in 1926 linked together small communities across eight states providing a new-found freedom to early travelers.

In 1939, John Steinbeck proclaimed Route 66 as the “Mother Road” in his classic novel, “The Grapes of Wrath,” which depicted life during the Great Depression. When the movie was made just a year later, it immortalized Route 66 in the American consciousness. Then on the heels of the Great Depression, came the dust bowl of the Midwest where 200,000 people traveled Route 66, the road to opportunity, migrating to California in search of new opportunity.

As World War II broke out, troops, equipment, and products were transported across Route 66 to California, and when the war ended in 1945, the Mother Road brought home thousands of servicemen. For these returning servicemen and their families, Route 66 became more than just a highway – it was a link to America’s wonders experienced through family road trips.

The lure of the Route has been immortalized in the hit song, “Get Your Kicks on Route 66,” written by Bobby Troupe and performed by Nate King Cole Trio, The Rolling Stones, and many others, and by the television series, “Route 66,” which brought the Mother Road in to homes all over America in the 1960’s.

Route 66 from Albuquerque to Las Vegas

Old Town Albuquerque 404 San Felipe St NW Albuquerque, NM
Boca Negra Canyon Atrisco Dr NW Albuquerque, NM
Acoma Pueblo Haaku Rd Acoma Pueblo, NM
El Rancho Hotel 1000 E Hwy 66 Gallup, NM
Window Rock Tribal Park Window Rock, AZ
Teepee Trading Post 359 I-40 Lupton, AZ
Stewart's Petrified Wood Shop 9406 Washboard Rd Holbrook, AZ
Painted Desert Indian Center 9345 Old Rte 66 Holbrook, AZ
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site 1/2 AZ-264 Ganado, AZ
Petrified Forest National Park Petrified Forest National Park
Wigwam Motel 811 W Hopi Dr Holbrook, AZ
Geronimo Trading Post 5372 Geronimo Road Joseph City, AZ
Jack Rabbit Trading Post 3386 Rte 66 Joseph City, AZ
La Posada Hotel 303 E 2nd St Winslow, AZ
Standin’ On The Corner Park Old Hwy 66 & N Kinsley Ave Winslow, AZ
Meteor Crater Natural Landmark Interstate 40 Winslow, AZ
Two Guns Two Guns, AZ
Twin Arrows Trading Post Ruins - Historic Route 66 Flagstaff, AZ
Walnut Canyon National Monument 3 Walnut Canyon Rd Flagstaff, AZ
Lowell Observatory Lowell Observatory
Sedona AZ Sedona, AZ
Jerome AZ Jerome, AZ
Bearizona Wildlife Park 1500 Historic Rte 66 Williams, AZ
Desert View Watchtower Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon AZ
Grand Canyon Grand Canyon Village, AZ
Ash Fork Route 66 Museum 901 Old Rte 66 Ash Fork, AZ
Delgadillos Snow Cap 301 AZ-66 Seligman, AZ
Grand Canyon Caverns Grand Canyon Caverns, AZ
Hackberry General Store Hackberry General Store
Mr Dz Powerhouse Visitors Center, Kingman AZ
Cool Springs Station Cool Springs Station Route 66
Oatman AZ Oatman, AZ
Hoover Dam Hoover Dam