Route 66 from Flagstaff to Williams, Ash Fork and Seligman

The Aztec Hotel and Gift Shop on Historic Route 66 in ArizonaThe Aztec Hotel and Gift Shop on Historic Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona

We have traveled Historic Route 66 from New Mexico and into Arizona multiple times over the years, both eastbound and westbound.

Some of the journey is on I-40, which parallels the old Route 66 in many places. We drive the segments of the Mother Road where it still remains. Exits to Route 66 are marked in many locales.

Included below are a few of our favorite places and scenes along the Mother Road through Flagstaff, Williams, and Ash Fork, to Seligman.

Flagstaff, Arizona

From Winslow, we travel west to Flagstaff, a great stopover with lots of lodging and dining options. Read details about Hotels in Flagstaff, Arizona

It is a convenient jumping off location for trips to the Grand Canyon, Sedona and other Arizona attractions.

Map showing U.S. Route 66 from Flagstaff thru Williams to Seligman, Arizona
Map showing U.S. Route 66 from Flagstaff thru Williams to Seligman, Arizon

Flagstaff, Arizona

All roads lead to Flagstaff ... or at least many do! Many highways pass through the city, including Route 66, I-40, I-17, and US Highway 180.

All roads lead to Flagstaff ... or at least many do!

Route 66 visitors center in Flagstaff

Route 66 Visitors Center
Flagstaff, Arizona

The Flagstaff Visitor Center is a great place to find out more about Route 66 in Arizona,  area attrractions lilke Sedona and the Grand Canyon, and lodging options. It is located at 1 E Route 66 in downtown Flastaff.

Street scene in historic downtown Flagstaff
Street scene in historic downtown Flagstaff

A Stopover in Williams, Arizona

From Flagstaff the road passes through Williams, the jumping off point to the Grand Canyon, Ash Fork, and then into Seligman. Read more about hotels and lodging in Williams, Arizona.

The last section of Route 66 nationally was decommissioned through Williams in 1984, replaced by I-40.

Williams, Arizona

Williams, Arizona was founded in 1881, and is today known as the "Gateway to the Grand Canyon". Shown below is a mural in Williams ... Last town by-passed by I-40 on October 13, 1984.

Williams, Arizona, founded in 1881 ... Gateway to the Grand Canyon

Williams, Arizona mural ... Last town bypassed by I-40



Pete's Route 66 Gas Station Museum
Williams, Arizona

Located at 101 East Route 66. Lots of Route 66 memorabilia. Admission is free.

Classic service station in Williams, Arizona on Route 66


City of Williams, Arizona Visitor Information Center
City of Williams, Arizona Visitor Information Center


A Quick Stop in Ash Fork, Arizona

The Purple & White DeSoto on the roof ... DeSoto's Salon, 327 Lewis Avenue, Ash Fork, Arizona, along Historic Route 66The Purple & White DeSoto on the roof ... DeSoto's Salon, 327 Lewis Avenue, Ash Fork, Arizona, along Historic Route 66

Only 19 miles west of Williams is the town of Ask Fork.

One of the town's claim to fame is large number of stone quarries and stone yards in and around the town, with Ash Fork proclaiming itself "The Flagstone Capital of the World".

Ash Fork was on the route of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad in 1882, later the Santa Fe Railroad. It was named for the many ash trees growing at the town site. The Fred Harvey Escalante Hotel was built in 1907.

Route 66 brought a boost to the town’s economy. However, when the highway was widened in later years, many historic storefronts were demolished. Today, the town resides on the north side of I-40.

A popular attraction is the Ash Fork Route 66 Museum, located at 901 Old Route 66.

 

The Classic Route 66 Town: Seligman, Arizona

Seligman is located on Historic Route 66, between Flagstaff and Kingman, just north of the present-day I-40. It is situated at an altitude of 5,242', and has a population of about 450 residents.

The famous yellow Edsel taxi, Historic Route 66 in ArizonaThe famous yellow Edsel taxi, Historic Route 66 in Seligman

Its earlier roots was as a railroad town. Originally Seligman was called “Prescott Junction” because it was the railroad stop on the Santa Fe Railroad mainline junction with the Prescott and Arizona Central Railway Company.

In 1886 it was renamed Seligman, after Jesse Seligman, one of the founders of J.W. Seligman Co. of New York, who helped finance the railroad lines in the area.

In 1987 Seligman became known as the “Birthplace of Historic Route 66”.

Today, Seligman is home to numerous gift shops, restaurants and several small motels. Read more about motels and lodging in Seligman at TripAdvisor

When in Seligman, be sure to stop and visit Angel & Vilma Delgadillo's Route 66 Gift Shop & Visitor's Center. We've shopped there, and highly recommend it!

Seligman is truly a step back in time! It's a fun place to visit, with great photo ops.

Angel & Vilma's
Seligman, Arizona

In 1972, Angel Delgadillo moved his barber shop so that he could take advantage of the traffic on the new alignment of Route 66 through Seligman.

Business was good until September of 1978, when I-40 bypassed Seligman. To stimulate tourism, Angel, his wife Vilma, and other shop owners in northwest Arizona established the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona. The Association was located in Angel's Barber Shop & Pool Hall.

His  work helped make Seligman "The Birthplace of Historic Route 66".

Read more at www.Route66GiftShop.com

Angel & Vilma Delgadillo's Route 66 Gift Shop & Visitor's Center in Seligman, Arizona

Elvis and friend on a break on Historic Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona
Elvis and friend on a break on Historic Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona


Lodging Options Along Route 66

Hotels in Flagstaff, Arizona

Hotels in Williams, Arizona

Hotels in Seligman, Arizona

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Driving West
on the Next Route 66 Segment?

Seligman to Kingman, Arizona

Route 66 Road Trip westbound from Seligman to Kingman, Arizona


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