Route 66 can trace its history back to the late 1920s, when it was first proposed and described. However, only in 1938, the road was completely paved with its eastern beginning in Chicago, Illinois, to the western end of the city of Santa Monica, California, after 2450 miles. Of course, the route can travel either to the east or to the west, although the majority of travelers from 66 preferred to govern from east to west as it did something & # 39; I Zhoada in the famous literary work of John Shteynbeka "Grapes of Wrath".
Unfortunately, Route 66 began to be replaced in 1960 with new interstate highway bypassed many small towns and have been completely removed from the interstate highway system in 1985. However, in part to many Route 66 organizations of small town chambers of commerce, enthusiasts and historians many refused to give him death. Over the past 25 years there has been a new resurgence of ancestral tourism, which again increased the interest in the preservation of this wonderful piece of American history and nostalgia of Route 66.
Sometimes it is called "Parent expensive", "Main Street America" or "shose Rold-Rogers." The route passes through eight different states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Let's take a closer look at Arizona.
Going west, Arizona is the 7th minute with 8 states and 66 route is 401 miles from border to border. It boasts some of the most beautiful scenery, the most unique multi-bound thereby agencies, the highest elevation and the longest continuous highway 66 all the way.
Geographically live in Arizona meteor crater, petrified forest and painted desert. These sites let you get some incredible opportunities for photographs, but also the opportunity to explore and hike to these natural attractions.
About 75 miles into Arizona, past both the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert, a city of Holbrook. Home to the monastery of Wigwam Village, most Route 66 travelers look forward to sleeping in tepie, and many cite this as a major landmark in their journey. Further west is Joseph City, the Mormon institution, founded in the late 1870s. In Joseph City is the famous Jackrabbit Trading Post. One of the most famous sites for signatures Route 66 – a famous billboard that exclaims "HERE IS", located on the trading post Jackrabbit.
Further west past Meteorskaga crater and cities to "stand" on the corner "Winsley extinct two guns, abandoned arrow twins and" do not forget "Winona lies the city of Flagstaff. Flagstaff & # 39 is the home of the famous Lowell Observatory, as well as with the & # 39 is the gateway to the Grand Canyon, located in the hour drive to the north. Canyon deserves a trip from 66 to display one of the eight wonders of the world. If you are most likely can get access to the amazing Grand Canyon through the railway Grand Canyon from Williams just 30 miles on Zaha from Flagstaff. Between Flagstaff and Williams lies Brannigan peak. At an altitude of 730 feet above sea level is the highest point of elevation along the route Rt. 66.
15 miles west of Williams is Ash-Wilk, the capital of the flag. Close to Ash Fork you can say goodbye to I-40, if you start the longest continuous highway 66 all the way. Do not forget to stop at the entrance to the legendary snow cap in Seligman and exciting department store in Hackberry before arriving in Kingman. Here you will find many still business establishments catering to the Route 66 traveler including a very well done museum.
Be sure to leave Kingman while you still have the light of day, because you do not want to miss the incredible scenery that ahead if you will be traveling on the switches and clips Blackrock ahead. Atsman waiting, like many wild lopy who called the house of an old mining town. Be sure to check out the historic hotel Atman, where Clark Gable and Carole Lombard honeymooned.
Leaving Atmena, you can make a quick trip to Laughlin Nevada casino and try your luck, or you can continue the route Golden Shores, Topock and get back on I-40 to cross the powerful Colorado River in California.