Last Updated on 17 December, 2020 by Veronica
Well, gentlemen, we are in the section Kingman to Holbrook. We have a lot of things to do ahead, and all good. We wake up in Kingman, Arizona. We’re in the second State of the eight we are going to travel along.
We will cross Arizona from side to side, while in other states (such as Texas), we’ll only do a partial crossing. Unfortunately, we leave a lot of untouched on the way!
Today, as expected, we’ll not leave this state, Arizona, The Grand Canyon State. We will start in Kingman near the border of Arizona with California, and our destination is Holbrook.
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Itinerary from Kingman to Holbrook
How many miles are from Kingman to Holbrook?
A journey of 239 miles, a long journey today! You have many deserts ahead and overwhelming landscapes that will make you feel like a tiny ant in this world. I think this is a highly recommended sensation because it makes you appreciate every moment you live on your trip differently.
As always, we will go step by step, without skipping anything important, nor entertaining us too much was not worthwhile. Today there are plenty of places to visit, so I suggest you wake up early so you can take your time and go slowly.
Let’s go! First stop, Hackberry
The first stop of our today’s stretch is Hackberry. We’ll take the original Route 66 and travel a distance of 28.4 miles, about 35 minutes.
What’s in Hackberry? Well, apart from some animals and desert, the classic General Store of Route 66. Don’t forget to stop and even have a coffee, and a souvenir, if you want.
The Will Rogers Highway
From Hackberry and following the original Route 66, we point to Truxton. In Truxton, there’s a cafe, if you want to stop, be my guest. The only interesting thing you can see is that it says “Will Rogers Highway” on the sign.
What? But are we not on Route 66? Yes, Route 66 is also known as the Will Rogers Highway virtually in all the way.
Will Rogers (1879-1935), also known as Cherokee Kid, was born in Oologah, Oklahoma. It was a humorist, actor, and social opinion generator who was closely related to Route 66. His ancestors were Indians, at least in part. He was a tireless traveler; I’d say he was one of the first travel bloggers!!
If you do not believe me, study his biography. Obviously, there was no internet, but he published a column every week with their travels until he died traveling, of course.
Seligman and the Caves of Grand Canyon
We leave Truxton behind, and we address Seligman. Halfway we found Peach Springs, and between Peach Springs and Seligman, we can see the Grand Canyon Caves. You are leaving the Grand Canyon in the north, but visiting it following this path is impossible.
To do so, you would have to leave Las Vegas toward the northwest and not by this route. If you want to see the Grand Canyon, you’ll have to wait for a little until we post the Pre-Route 66 journey. It’s a stunning journey of seven days before making Route 66!!
If you have decided to visit the Caves of the Grand Canyon, you must deduct two hours from your planning. If you’ve left Kingman soon enough, it won’t be a problem.
Finally, we arrive at Seligman. In Seligman, you shouldn’t miss the Route 66 Motel, the Copper Cart Restaurant, the hairdressing of Angel Delgadillo, and the Snow Cap Drive-In of Juan Delgadillo.
Angel Delgadillo was a hairdresser and barber for 50 years in Seligman and was one of the fundamental pillars for forming the Historic Route 66 Association, which received the John Steinbeck Award.
In Seligman, the original Route 66 is dangerously close to I-40 but don’t worry! We can go through the original road for a good part of the route, which runs parallel to I-40. But halfway, Seligman and Williams, it’s mandatory to get into I-40, whining is nonsense, it’s a must.
Williams. Rod’s Steak House
Once we arrive at Williams, if we have done good planning, it would be lunchtime. We have two possible restaurant options typical of Route 66. The first is Rod’s Steak House, whose mascot (a cow) was used to design the sign and the menus. On the other hand, the Fray Marcos Hotel is one of the hotels that were part of the Harvey House.
From the Fray Marcos, there are organized trips to the Grand Canyon, but you’ll probably not interested if you’ve already done our Pre-Route 66 (we haven’t published it yet, but don’t worry, it’s coming).
We left Williams behind and go ahead inexorably to our next destination, Bellemont. What’s in Bellemont? Well, it’s the highest city on the entire Route 66, 2200 meters high. You are going through a nature reserve, formerly Apache territory, do not hesitate to stop occasionally and enjoy what you see.
We keep going tirelessly toward Flagstaff. The Museum Club of Flagstaff is a must.
Trading Posts & Twin Arrows
We leave Flagstaff and point to Twin Arrows, a village where the Twin Arrows Trading Post is placed. Actually, it is a combination of cafe, Trading Post, and gas station, and it is distinguished by two giant arrows stuck in the ground.
What are the Trading Posts? Basically, they were points in the American West where trading took place and served as reunion points and exchanging news. They were the only stores that had the settlers at that time, and therefore, key points from East to West.
Note that on Indian reserves gasoline is much cheaper, so take advantage and fill up!
Meteor City and Meteor Crater
We leave Twin Arrows in our rear mirror, and we continue our way to Meteor Crater and Meteor City. What can you see there? Just that, a huge crater a meteorite did long ago. You have to go deep south on a narrow road, about 15 miles. We couldn’t see it because we got without daylight (bad timing).
We leave Meteor City and drive toward Winslow. Winslow is known for its railroad museum, the hotel “La Posada” of colonial style, and the state park of Homolovi ruins. After Winslow, we have Joseph City, where the only thing worthwhile is the JackRabbit Trading Post, one of the most famous signs of Route 66.
A few kilometers from Joseph City is Holbrook, the end of our stage of today. Holbrook is known for its motel with tipis, the typical Indian tents. It is the Wigwam Hotel (Tel: Office: (928) 524 3048 fax: (928) 524 3668).
That’s why the end of our route today is here !!. Even a night’s worth. We recommend booking two weeks in advance. I assume that you’ve done it much earlier.
Don’t miss going to the Trading Post and souvenir shops. You should rest for tomorrow … Tomorrow we’ll see the Petrified Forest (Petrified Forest), the Painted Desert, get into New Mexico! The Indian land, where the Roswell incident up at Area 51 in Nevada began …
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness”. – Mark Twain
This post is part of Serie of Post about Route 66 Itinerary
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- Day 1. Travel preparation. Malibu, Santa Monica, Los Angeles.
- Day 2. Los Angeles. California – Amboy. California. 209 Miles.
- Day 3. Amboy California – Kingman. Arizona. 143 Miles.
- Day 4. Kingman. Arizona – Holbrook. Arizona. 239 Miles.
- Day 5. Holbrook. Arizona – Grants. Nuevo México. 157 Miles.
- Day 6. Grants. Nuevo México – Santa Rosa. Nuevo México. 247 Miles.
- Day 7. Santa Rosa. Nuevo México – Amarillo. Texas. 172 Miles.
- Day 8. Amarillo. Texas – Clinton. Oklahoma. 176 Miles.
- Day 9. Clinton. Oklahoma – Bristow. Oklahoma. 160 Miles.
- Day 10. Bristow. Oklahoma – Springfield. Missouri. 213 Miles.
- Day 11. Springfield. Missouri. – St. Louis. Missouri. 216 Miles.
- Day 12. St Louis. Missouri – Bloomington. Illinois. 162 Miles.
- Day 13. Bloomington. Illinois – Chicago. Illinois. 134 Miles.
- Day 14. Chicago Illinois. Visit Chicago
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