Sunday was going to be a busy day, so we started with a full breakfast from Mr D’z Diner, Kingman, Arizona, which is a gorgeous 50’s style diner with tonnes of character.
First stop of the day was the Hackberry General Store, which is more of a Route 66 museum and possibly one of our best stops yet.
After that it was a long, beautiful drive along Route 66 to Peach Springs, Arizona where we stopped at the Grand Canyon Caverns. These are a series of caves 200+ ft under the ground, well worth a visit.
Then some more beautiful Route 66 driving and a quick stop in Seligman…
…before diverting off the Mother Road to the Grand Canyon! This was a must-see, obviously, and it was really amazing. Although that was to be expected, really, I guess they wouldn’t call it the “Grand Canyon” for nothing… We had a quick look at Mather point and then went around to Grandview point which is aptly named.
After that it was a spirited drive via Flagstaff to find our Route 66 accommodation for the night – in the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook!!
On Monday I was back at the wheel, so I decided to start the week with a famous Route 66 icon: the Jack Rabbit Trading Post.
Then, I drove through the fascinating Petrified Forest National Park, and saw the stunning “Painted Desert”, before working on my “Driver’s Tan” on the way to Gallup, New Mexico for a lunch stop at the El Rancho Hotel.
Nathan took the wheel and after a quick stop in Albuquerque (a much bigger city than we expected!!) we headed to Santa Fe, New Mexico for a well-earned night’s sleep at the Silver Saddle Motel.