We previously wrote about the highlights of our trip through Route 66 between Oklahoma City and New Mexico. After detouring off the route into Colorado and Utah (which was WELL worth the effort, by the way), we picked up the trail again in Flagstaff and drove east towards the Californian border.
We’d previously been invited to display Vanda at the Overland Exposition in Flagstaff and spent three days camped out with other international overlanders, checking out a bunch of off-roading equipment and set-ups. This event is held every year in Flagstaff and its the biggest of its kind in the world.
Meeting the other vehicles who’d travelled from all over the world was the best part – we made friends with international overlanders from Turkey, Brazil, Australia, Japan and Argentina among a heap from North America.
Check out the video above to meet some of these incredible travellers and the rigs they adventure in.
Although Sedona isn’t technically along the Route 66, it’s just a short (and very scenic drive) south from Flagstaff and well worth the visit. You’ll find a tonne of stunning hiking trails, crystal clear swimming holes and scenic vistas here as the entire town is surrounded by red rock cliffs and gorges.
The town is also famous for its high rate of UFO sightings and, if you talk to the locals, you’ll be inundated by stories of strange lights and holographic-like shapes walking through the air around town!
Seligman was the tiny town along Route 66 that inspired the kids film ‘Cars’ and today you’ll find the main street packed with colourful antique/souvenir stores, an array of vintage vehicles on display and excitable tourists finding refreshment at a Mom and Pop soda lounge.
The cars on display range from a 1920s Ford T classic to the characters of ‘Cars’ decked out with facial features! This place is fun-loving stop for families, big kids and anyone who likes anything vintage.
This section of Route 66 takes you on a tight and windy path through the Sitgreave hills between Kingman and Oatman. The drive itself is half the fun with hairpin bends galore and amazing views over the surrounding desert. You may even see some of the local wildlife including eagles, wild donkeys and rattle snakes.
A true Wild West gold-rush town, Oatman is literally an open air museum with an unexpected twist. Once the gold rushes of the mid 1800s were over, the ‘burros’ or donkeys used to transport the mined goods were literally out of a job and unwanted. The locals set them free and over the years they’ve multiplied and become wild.
They still call Oatman home however and literally take over the Main Street giving unsuspecting road trippers a unique surprise as they rock up in town. While you’re here don’t forget to check out the remaining tunnels of a gold mine on the Main Street, feed a donkey or two and take a visit to the Oatman Hotel where you can dine or drink in rooms totally covered in dollar bills signed by previous guests.
Unfortunately we left Route 66 again at the Californian border to head north towards Las Vegas and Death Valley. But we thoroughly enjoyed the unexpectedness of this section of the world’s most famous road. Have you driven the Route 66? If so, what were your favourite parts and where would you recommend others to visit? Comment below!