Amazing Arizona Route 66 Side Trips

Williams, AZ
In the charming, Frontier-town buildings, you can watch a Wild West gunfight before taking an old steam train into the Grand Canyon. We’ve even camped in one of the Williams KOA Kamping Kabins, and relived the adventures of the day by a warm fire while the fall night fell and the temperature dipped below freezing. If you get tired of drinking your Sapphire and Tonics from cold stainless steel camping cups, I heartily recommend a drink at the Grand Canyon Lodge Lobby Bar, close to where you’ll disembark the Grand Canyon Railway.

This was in 2005. My daughter was so little, and a little scared of the mock gunfight in Williams
At four, our little girl hiked 2 miles on the rim of the Grand Canyon. Here she’s taking a break with her mom. Now, at 8, she can hike up the California Sierras like an adult. I guess this Grand Canyon adventure started her off on the right foot.

Flagstaff
Even less of a detour, plan your overnight stop to occur at the Hampton Inn Flagstaff, and you can see the beauty of Coconino National Forest from your room.

Kingman
If you decided to bunk in Kingman after your first day of travel, there’s plenty to see as you head east on Old 66 from downtown Kingman. Follow the Mother Road across the rugged desert. Drive 30 miles to the old-fashioned gas pumps and weather-beaten sign collection at the Hackberry General Store. Continue 40 miles to the cement Dinosaur in front of Grand Canyon Caverns, a nostalgic and interesting stop on Route 66.


Hiking to one of the vortexes in Sedona with Dad

Sedona
30 miles south of Flagstaff is our family’s favorite Arizona 66 side trip, Sedona. We usually stay at the Hampton Inn and then hike up to the Vortex at Red Rock (you can find out at a crystal shop, but don’t pay for a map or a tour; getting to the vortexes is easy) to meditate on things that we want to happen in our lives. We’ve done it a couple of times and our “wishes” have all come tree. It’s the kind of place that takes hold of your soul and transports you. It seems crazy, but take a sidetrip to Sedona, and watch your dreams come true. Even if I’m wrong, you’ll still enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the red rocks.

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