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Spring 2000

Mother Roading in Arizona

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Arizona Route 66 offers many ways to explore the old road. Enjoy other sights as well

Tour Map Spring 2000:

We arrived in Phoenix and drove up to Williams on January 8. Actually, we intended to stay only a few days but after we checked in to The Westerner, a cozy motel right on Route 66, we changed our reservation to a full two weeks and decided to drive in and out of Williams for our tours. By the way: if you're hungry in the morning, there's Parker's Family Restaurant right across the street. They open at 6 a.m. and serve great breakfast.

We took a trainride to Grand Canyon. It's fun and quite different to a visit by car, which we did in 1995.


Back then, the staff of Route 66 Magazine still had it's offices in Williams. So we enjoyed good company, food and many road tips from the crew.

Time for our first leg of Route 66. From Williams to Kingman, there are many sights to see.

The next part to drive on Mother Road was from Gallup, NM to Williams. When driving on I-40 to the starting point Gallup, stop to see the Hopi Travel Plaza (formerly known as the Holbrook-ShellTruck Plaza) and Meteor Crater.


A few days off in Las Vegas and a trip to Canyon de Chelly were a welcome change to reading roadbooks.

Plan sufficient time for Canyon de Chelly as you can visit Wupatki National Monument and Sunset Crater Volcano on your way to the canyon.


The final stretch of Mother Road in Arizona led us from Kingman to Needles, CA. On the way back, there is time for a quick sidestep to Lake Havasu, where it was sitting outside and enjoying the sun with ice cream and beer at an unbelievable 74 degrees - in the midst of January.


While in Arizona, don't miss another Historic Route.

Highway 89A leads you to Jerome and Prescott.



Also located nearby is Tuzigoot National Monument.Smaller canyons can be enchanting too. So is Walnut Canyon, southeast of Flagstaff.

Definitely worth a visit is Petrified Forest and Painted Desert National Park.

These were just a few of the manyfold sceneries, Arizona has to offer.

One of our trips in the future will lead us to visit some friends in Apache Junction and enjoy the beauty of the Superstition Mountains.

Enjoy Arizona as much as we did. Happy Trails!


A trip report about the entire road can be found on the home directory. Click "Route 66" for all details.

Here we'd like to give you some ideas about our trip.

Two days before we arrived, there was a blizzard going through Williams - and few days after we left, we got the message that there was heavy snowfall again. In between? Nothing but sunshine during our trip along the road and the many sidesteps we made.

The Westerner Motel in Williams                           Singer on the way to Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon
Station                                      Majestic Grand Canyon view

Route 66 Magazine Team clockwise: Bob Moore,   This guide gets your kicks on 66
Paul & Sandi Taylor, Jessi Taylor, my wife Erica

He likes visitors: Erica and Juan Delgadillo at the Snow Cap, Seligman, AZ

        Meteor Crater, Arizona                                            ElRancho Hotel in Gallup, NM

The Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV                          Canyon de Chelly, Arizona

Wupatki National Monument, AZ                             Sunset Crater National Monument, AZ

Entrance to Needles, CA                                         London Bridge, Lake Havasu

Jerome, AZ, old mining town                                  Prescott, AZ, Whisky town

Tuzigoot National Monument, AZ                          Walnut Canyon s/e of Flagstaff

Petrified Forest National Park is combined with Painted Desert National Park



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