Travel Route 66 from Gallup to Winslow, Holbrook, Flagstaff and Seligman
|Standin on the Corner ... in Winslow, Arizona, such a fine site to see!|
We've had the opportunity to drive on Route 66 numerous times in New Mexico and Arizona.
Included below are just a few of our favorite places and scenes along the Mother Road from Gallup, Winslow, Flagstaff, Williams, Ash Fork, and Seligman.
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.
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.
Downton Gallup, New Mexico, circa 1958
Hotel El Rancho, the World's Largest Ranch House, Gallup, New Mexico
The Trip From Gallup, New Mexico 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.
Arizona, The Grand Canyon State
The Tepee Trading Post, near the New Mexico - Arizona state line on present-day I-40
The Painted Desert in Arizona, pathway of Historic Route 66
Remants of Route 66 can be seen in this photo of the Painted Desert in Arizona
Petrified Forest National Park in 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.
Welcome to Winslow, Arizona, and Historic Route 66
Standin on a Corner, in Winslow, Arizona
From Winslow, we travel west to Flagstaff, a great stopover with lots of lodging and dining options.
From Flagstaff the road passes through Williams, the jumping off point to the Grand Canyon, Ashford, and then into Seligman.
What to See When Visiting 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.
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. It is truly a step back in time!
When in Seligman, be sure to stop and visit Angel & Vilma Delgadillo's Route 66 Gift Shop & Visitor's Center in Seligman, Arizona. We've shopped there, and highly recommend it!
Elvis and friend on a break on Historic Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona
The famous yellow Edsel taxi, Historic Route 66 in Arizona
Road Trips on the Various Segments of Route 66
Planning a Road Trip on Route 66? Here are the major segments ...