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Route 66 - Eastern Arizona

236.2 miles: 5 hours, 13 minutes

For desert lovers, Arizona's most striking Route 66 scenery lies between Flagstaff and the New Mexico border. Chiefly, you'll travel I-40 as not much remains of old 66 in eastern Arizona. Along the drive you'll see a petrified wood forest, a gorgeous “painted” desert and a massive meteor crater. You want classic Route 66 towns, too? Buckle up and hit the blacktop.



Flagstaff, AZ to Holbrook, AZ

103.2 miles: 2 hours, 15 minutes


Leaving Flagstaff, the lofty San Francisco Peaks give way to desert expanse as you skirt the Navajo Indian Reservation's southern border. A short detour leads to an impressive, nearly mile-wide meteor impact crater. Up ahead are the towns of Winslow (of the Eagles' “Standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona” fame) and Holbrook, both rife with Route 66 nostalgia.


Holbrook, AZ to Gallup, NM

133.0 miles: 2 hours, 57 minutes


This leg's primo stop, Petrified Forest National Park can easily occupy a half-day. Take the park's scenic drives to see colorful pockets of fossilized wood. Along I-40 near the state line, fans of Route 66 kitsch will find a collection of exceptionally cheesy trading posts (rubber tomahawk, anyone?). On the horizon is Gallup, gateway to the “Land of Enchantment.”

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