Travel Route 66 from Gallup to Winslow, Holbrook, Flagstaff 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 from Gallup through Holbrook, Winslow, Flagstaff, Williams, and Ash Fork, to Seligman.

Let's start the trip in Gallup ... near the Arizona border ...

Gallup, New Mexico Visitor & Travel Information

Gallup is the largest city between Albuquerque and Flagstaff, and has a population of about 22,000 residents. It is located in the middle of the Navajo Reservation.

The city was founded in 1881 as a railhead for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, and named after David Gallup, a paymaster for the railroad. The railroad today remains an important industry in the city.

Welcome to the City of Gallup, New Mexico ... "Most Patriotic Small Town in America"Welcome to the City of Gallup, New Mexico ... "Most Patriotic Small Town in America"

Because of the nearby rugged terrain, it was a popular location in the 1940s and 1950s for Hollywood Westerns and has hosted many well-known movie stars such as John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn.

Restaurants such as the famous El Rancho reflect the western and Indian influences on the town.

Gallup has over 30 hotels and over 90 restaurants and is a popular stopover point for those traveling Historic Route 66.

Shopping is also a big local attraction, with 110 trading posts, shops and galleries in Gallup, making the town the undisputed Southwestern center for authentic Native American art.

Retail stores in downtown Gallup, New Mexico
Retail stores in downtown Gallup, New Mexico

 


Hotel El Rancho in Gallup, New Mexico
"Charm of Yesterday, Convenience of Tomorrow"
Hotel El Rancho Hotel & Motel in Gallup, New Mexico

Get Out on the Highway: Gallup 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.

Map showing towns along the U.S. Route 66 from Gallup, NM to Seligman, AZ
Map showing towns along the U.S. Route 66 from Gallup, NM to Seligman, AZ

Entering Arizona, The Grand Canyon State
Arizona, The Grand Canyon State

The Tepee Trading Post, near the New Mexico - Arizona state line on present-day I-40
The Tepee Trading Post, near the New Mexico - Arizona state line on present-day I-40

 

 

The Painted Desert near Holbrook, Arizona, directly on the path of Historic Route 66
The Painted Desert in Arizona, pathway of Historic Route 66

Remnants of Route 66 can be seen in this photo of the Painted Desert in Arizona
Remnants of Route 66 can be seen in this photo of the Painted Desert in Arizona

Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, near Holbrook
Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona

Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona
Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona

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
Welcome to Winslow, Arizona, and Historic Route 66

Standin on a Corner, in Winslow, Arizona
Standin on a Corner, in Winslow, Arizona

The La Posada Hotel, a Fred Harvey masterpiece in Winslow
The La Posada Hotel, a Fred Harvey masterpiece in Winslow

The historic La Posada Hotel, in Winslow, Arizona
The historic La Posada Hotel, in Winslow, Arizona


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.

Route 66 visitors center in Flagstaff
Route 66 visitors center in Flagstaff

Route 66 visitors center in Flagstaff
Route 66 visitors center in Flagstaff


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


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

 

 

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

Classic service station in Williams, Arizona on Route 66
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 in Seligman, Arizona
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 Gallup, New Mexico

Hotels in Winslow, Arizona

Hotels in Flagstaff, Arizona

Hotels in Williams, Arizona

Hotels in Seligman, Arizona

Click to review hotels and restaurants, read reviews and make reservations at TripAdvisor

Road Trips on the Various Segments of Route 66

Planning a Road Trip on Route 66? Here are the major segments ...

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Route 66: Amarillo to Santa Fe

Route 66: Santa Fe to Gallup NM

Route 66: Gallup NM to Seligman AZ

Route 66: Seligman to Kingman AZ

Route 66: Kingman to Oatman AZ

Route 66: Needles to Santa Monica