FLAGSTAFF ARIZONA on ROUTE 66

  If Prescott is known as “Everybody’s Hometown,” then Flagstaff must be called…ummm…let’s see, that’s a hard one to nail down. No one term seems to quite describe it: The City of Seven Wonders; Winter Wonderland; University Town; Pre-historic; Grand Canyon Gateway #2; Mountain Paradise; Route 66 Stopover…. City of contrasts. A stimulating university town…

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THE DISAPPEARING ROAD – ROUTE 66

Arizona has some of the longest and best preserved original spans of the Mother Road, like the stretch between Crookton Rd exit 139 and Topock. However, large chunks of it have all but disappeared, even within the last 15 years. Much of the original roadbed between Ash Fork and Flagstaff comes and goes, a ghostly…

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BEARIZONA on ROUTE 66

Williams may be a great place to reminisce about the Route 66 era or catch the train for the Grand Canyon, but that’s not the only family thing to see and do. They just opened on May 22, 2010, and everybody loves Bearizona! I’ve visited a number of animal parks, but this is the first…

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ASH FORK on Route 66

The portion of Route 66 between Seligman and Ash Fork is one of the longest original stretches of road, but I find it remarkable mainly for its pristine “nothingness;” although that’s, really, a little misleading. Like all desert, it’s probably teeming with life the casual observer misses. But, add in ranches and their cattle, and…

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Peach Springs and Grand Canyon Caverns

…Seriously? Three Rolls of Toilet Paper for 2,000 People? Contrary to the interstate’s emphasis on efficiency, the early Route 66 goal was to tie rural communities together, not paying much attention to miles added. They used existing roads and trails. Unfortunately, Hackberry, Valentine, Crozier, Truxton, Peach Springs and Seligman had landed in a geographic hump…

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