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Charming Small Towns Along The Historic Route 66

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Embark on a nostalgic journey along the historic Route 66 and uncover the hidden gems of charming small towns. Immerse yourself in the spirit of the iconic road trip as you explore quaint main streets, vintage diners, and roadside attractions. Experience the timeless allure and rich history of these delightful destinations along this legendary highway.


Winslow

Immortalized by the Eagles in "Take It Easy," Winslow is a quaint destination nestled amid the folds of an arid desert landscape. The city is a striking mosaic of enduring buildings that attest to its history and heritage, as well as natural locales that entice outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Located in close proximity to well-known sites such as the Meteor Crater and the Little Painted Desert, Winslow attracts those looking to delve into history with a dash of rejuvenation amid natural surroundings. Some defining attractions of the city and its vicinity are Standin' on the Corner Park and Homolovi State Park.

Winslow, Winslow, AZ, Verenigde Staten, 86047
Williams

Just 33 miles west of Flagstaff is one of Arizona's most famous tourist towns, Williams, which was settled in 1881. Named after a famous trapper nicknamed Old Bill, this city features a landscape defined by hills draped in pines and quaint streets flanked by time-honored structures that hark back to the past. Owing to its location along the historic Route 66, Williams attracts tourists in droves, delighting them with its historical splendor and cultural nuances. Also offering access to the majestic Grand Canyon, the city is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers and features attractions such as the Bearizona Wildlife Park and the Grand Canyon Deer Farm. History lovers can explore landmarks such as Pete's Route 66 Gas Station Museum, the Williams Depot, and a preserved stretch of Route 66 that runs through the city.

Williams, Williams, AZ, Verenigde Staten, 86046
Oatman

Nestled in the rugged landscape of Arizona, Oatman transports visitors to the days of the Wild West. This former gold mining town exudes a charm that is unmatched by any other. Its streets are adorned with wooden boardwalks and vintage facades. But what truly sets Oatman apart is its quirky residents—the wild burros that roam freely through the town. Stroll past eclectic shops, old saloons, and live performances that bring the Old West to life. With its rich history and breathtaking desert vistas, Oatman is a hidden gem one must visit.

Oatman, Oatman, AZ, Verenigde Staten, 86433
Seligman

A quaint town in Arizona, Seligman is located in the Yavapai county. The town was a part of the U.S. Route 66 and gained much popularity when World War II veterans and other locals celebrated victory on its streets. The town is home to famous cowboy poet Georgie Sicking.

Seligman, Seligman, AZ, Verenigde Staten, 86337
Gallup

Founded in 1881 as a railhead for the Atlantic and Pacific transcontinental rail route, Gallup was named after David Gallup, a paymaster for the railroad. Being on the edge of the Navajo reservation, the town is known as "The Heart of Indians", and is a phenomenal place to explore Native American history and culture. Walk through the historic murals that dot the landscape, explore museums such as Gallup Cultural Center and Rex Museum, or shop for local brands that bring out traditional handicrafts and art. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, Gallup offers opportunities for hiking, biking, off-roading, and witnessing rodeo events.

Gallup, Gallup, NM, Verenigde Staten, 87301
Tucumcari

Tucumcari is a historic city and the county seat of New Mexico's Quay County. A melting pot of diverse cultures, Tucumcari's history dates back to thousands of years, when some of the oldest cultures of North America called it their home. Today, the city's landscape comprises remnants of its glorious past through the evolving centuries. The Tucumcari Historical Museum, set in an early 20th-century schoolhouse, and the Mesalands Community College Dinosaur Museum, narrate the town's intriguing prehistory and history. Apart from its many historic landmarks, Tucumcari is also replete with plenty of exciting dining, lodging, and shopping options.

Tucumcari, Tucumcari, NM, Verenigde Staten, 88401
Galena

Galena's history dates back to the time when it was established as a lead mining town in the 19th Century. After the population boomed, the city flourished as a mining hub, which led to the rapid infrastructure development in the surrounding region. including the making of the "mother road" Route 66. Today, the fascinating mining history can be explored at the Galena Mining & Historical Museum. Here, you can also see the International Harvester L-170 truck, which was the inspiration behind Sir Tow Mater's character in the Disney movie "Cars".

Galena, Galena, KS, Verenigde Staten
Chandler

Named after Judge George Chandler, this city was established in 1891. Today, Chandler has earned popularity among travelers of the "Mother Road" Route-66 , for being the meeting point between Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Its Route-66 legacy can be explored through various attractions that bring the iconic route and its history to life. Visit the Route 66 Interpretive Center housed in an Art Deco military building to explore the history of the road's construction. Discover local history at the Museum of Pioneer History, walk through old photos at McJerry's Route 66 Gallery, enjoy bowling at Route 66 Bowl, or shop for local items at Gypsy Corner.

Chandler, Chandler, OK, Verenigde Staten
Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa beckons visitors to experience its alluring charm with the natural lakes that dot its serene landscape like scintillating blue gems. A rare phenomenon in the otherwise arid desert land, these lakes attract tourists to the beautiful city in Guadalupe County. Enjoy a fun getaway with a visit to Santa Rosa as you splash around in the comfortably warm lakes with your family or go cliff-jumping with your friends. Blue Hole is the most famous lake where you can go swimming and scuba diving. Apart from the water fun, Santa Rosa is also home to attractions such as the Route 66 Auto Museum and Santa Rosa Golf Course.

Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa, NM, Verenigde Staten, 88435
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