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Route 66

Driving Historic Route 66 through Arizona

If you’re not yet a die-hard Route 66 fan, traveling the old route across Arizona is bound to convert you. The high-speed I-40 freeway gives quick access to some of the best surviving stretches of the old road, and these are some of the most captivating parts of Route 66 anywhere. Between the redrock mesas of New Mexico and the arid desert along the Colorado River, the route runs past dozens of remarkable old highway towns along some of the oldest and longest still-drivable stretches of the Mother Road.

white bridge of route 66 over water in arizona
Old Trails Arch Bridge. Photo © Steve Lagreca/123rf.

East of Flagstaff, the old road is effectively submerged beneath the freeway, which drops down to cross desolate desert, passing through desiccated towns and Petrified Forest National Park. Remnants of numerous old roadside attractions—Native American trading posts, wild animal menageries, and Holbrook’s famous “Sleep in a Teepee” Wigwam Village—all survive in varying degrees of preservation along Arizona’s section of Route 66.

Midway across the state, the route climbs onto the forested (and often snowy) Kaibab Plateau for a look at the mighty Grand Canyon, one of the true wonders of the natural world.

Map of Route 66 in Arizona - Road Trip USA

Top Towns and Sights along Historic Route 66 in Arizona

Related Travel Guides

Arizona Travel Map

Travel Map of the State of Arizona
From Moon Arizona & the Grand Canyon Travel Guide.