Travel Route 66 from Gallup to Winslow, Holbrook, Flagstaff and Seligman

 

Standin on the Corner ... in Winslow, Arizona, such a fine site to seeStandin 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
Downton Gallup, New Mexico, circa 1958

Hotel El Rancho, the World's Largest Ranch House, Gallup, New Mexico
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
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 in Arizona, pathway of Historic Route 66
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
Remants of Route 66 can be seen in this photo of the Painted Desert in Arizona

Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona
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.

 

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


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!

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

The famous yellow Edsel taxi, Historic Route 66 in 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 ...

Route 66: The Mother Road - Introduction

Route 66: Chicago to Missouri

Route 66: Across Oklahoma to Amarillo

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