Route 66 thru Holbrook and Winslow to Flagstaff
|Standin on a Corner, in Winslow, 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 from Holbrook through Winslow to Flagstaff.
Let's start the trip ... near the Arizona border ...
Get Out on the Highway: Westward on Route 66
The drive from Gallup to Lupton, on the Arizona border, is only 24 miles on today's I-40. Continuing west, the old road passes through the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest, and then into Holbrook.
Entering Arizona, The Grand Canyon State
The Tepee Trading Post, near the New Mexico - Arizona state line on present-day I-40
The Holbrook, Arizona Area
Holbrook began as a town of railroaders and cattlemen, outlaws and rugged lawmen. Today it is a city steeped in Native American culture, Hispanic roots and pioneers from all walks of life.
Today, the city has a population of about 5,000 residents. In this community is the heart of Navajo County, nearby are the beautiful Painted Desert and Petrified National Park.
For those with an interest in geology, Jim Gray's Petrified Wood Company is a fun stop. The Navajo County Historical Museum is well worth a visit as well.
WInslow lies 34 miles to the west.
The Painted Desert near Holbrook, Arizona, directly on the path of Historic Route 66
The Painted Desert
Shown here is signage at the Painted Desert marking the path of Route 66 through eight states, and through this area. It reads, in part ...
"Gaze down the long road and listen. You may hear echoes of the past ... echoes of Route 66"
Remnants of Route 66 can be seen in this photo of the Painted Desert in Arizona, along with the rusted hulk of a 1930s Studebaker.
Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, near Holbrook
Vintage view of the Wigwam Village No. 6, 800 Hopi Drive on U.S. 66, Holbrook, Arizona
Present day views of the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, one of the two remaining Wigwam Motels on Route 66
More scenes around the Holbrook area
| Rainbow Rock Shop in Holbrook
||Crystal Forest Campground
|Jim Gray's Petrified Wood Company
||Dinosaurs at Jim Gray's in Holbrook
Traveling to Winslow, Arizona
The next stop is at Winslow, and the famous "Standing on the Corner" made famous by the popular song by the Eagles. The sculpture, and the mural, is a "must see" attraction and photo op!
Winslow is also the location of Fred Harvey's La Posada Hotel, which remains a popular lodging experience today. In addition to La Posada, several other hotels are available in Winslow.
A railroad town, Winslow is somewhat linear, stretching mostly east-west along the tracks. It is located about 58 miles east of Flagstaff, and 128 miles west of Gallup, New Mexico.
Welcome to Winslow, Arizona, and Historic Route 66
The song "Take It Easy" was written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey and recorded by the Eagles. The Standin' on the Corner Park features a two-story mural and bronze statue.
A new Glenn Frey tribute statue was dedicated and installed in the Corner Park on September 24, 2016.
It is estimated 100,000 visitors stand on the corner each year!
La Posada Hotel
Outside view of the historic La Posada Hotel, in Winslow, 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.
Route 66 Visitors Center
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.
Street scene in historic downtown Flagstaff
Lodging Options Along Route 66