Description - Route 66's history is the story of an emerging nation. It is a tale of economic opportunity and the hardship of the dust bowl. Of World War II and the family vacation. Route 66 was designated in 1926 as a federal highway linking Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California. After almost sixty years as America's favorite route to the west coast, Route 66 was decommissioned in favor of the new interstate highways. The highway was immortalized as the "Mother Road" by John Steinbeck in "The Grapes of Wrath" and in song by Bobby Troupe. Arizona's Historic Route 66 travels through some of the most picturesque regions in the Southwest. Here you will find petrified forests, painted deserts, meteor craters and the longest unbroken stretch of original Route 66. There are Homolovi Indian ruins to explore as well as the Grand Canyon Caverns. Byway travelers will also enjoy driving from the desert regions of Arizona into the green forests surrounding Flagstaff. Natural beauty is not all you'll see on this byway. You will also find a region rich in cultural history. Harkening back to the era when Americans took to the open road to see the USA. Although much of the original byway has been replaced by the new interstate, careful travelers can still journey on portions of the highway that inspired the words, "Get your kicks on Route 66."
- The Historic Route 66 is known for it's Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.
Recreation - The options for recreation are endless, although a great deal of them involve history and touring. The span of Route 66 is so great and that a good portion of the distance in Arizona is fairly desolate, your recreation opportunities are going to remain mostly in the towns and organized areas of the National Forests.
Historic Route 66 traverses northern Arizona.