TheAspenStand: Gift Ideas to Surprise the Route 66 Fan

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Gift Ideas to Surprise the Route 66 Fan

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Have you heard of The Mother Road? Do you know it as the Main Street of America? Or maybe you've heard it referred to as Will Rogers Highway? However you may refer to it, that means you are familiar with US Route 66.

Some folks have read about it but have never been able to travel along the remaining saved segments like those in Arizona. This post will offer some information about the Arizona segment of The Mother Road and offer some gift ideas for you or a Route 66 fan.

I recall a woman in an online discussion sharing about loading up with family to head across country on US Route 66. The road was one of the original US highways built to connect Chicago to Los Angeles. The road was established in 1926 and decommissioned June 27, 1985. It headed from Illinois through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and ending in California. 

I wasn't very familiar with the history of the road until moving to Arizona and particularly northern Arizona where you can now travel Interstate 40 to spots with historic stops along the still famous historic Route 66. 

As a matter of fact, a scenic stop off of now Interstate 40 is in the little community where we live. Two lengths of the route are annotated on a map. A fence and path lead you on 3/4 miles walk to the historic General Store in Parks, Arizona. the general store has been through a number of owners and is still operational.

Historic Route 66 Arizona General Store Watercolor T-Shirt

We have driven on segments of the route in Arizona that are still drivable. Arizona is one of the several states that designed the road a National Scenic Byway (NSB) giving it the name "Historic" Route 66. We've driven and stopped in a number of the historic locations such Oatman where wild donkeys walk the streets. We've made several trips to Hackberry, Seligman. Williams and Flagstaff are normal locations for shopping and eating since they are nearby. 

One of the well-known stops is Winslow. The Eagles song "Take It Easy" brought fame to the town and there is a designated corner with a building facade and "flatbed Ford". Tourists flow through there to get their photos taken on the corner and drop into the souvenirs shops. 

Up the road is the La Posada Hotel. The hotel website reads that it is "The Last Great Railroad Hotel built in 1929 by the Santa Fe Railway for the Fred Harvey Company." The restaurant and artwork are definitely worth a visit. 
Winslow Arizona Red Splash Photograph Jigsaw Puzzle

You can find Route 66 gift ideas featuring the traditional black and white sign and variations of it. I wanted to design something different. My oval sticker design is comprised of a photograph of the construction of a stone well-house along a walkable segment of the historic route in Parks, AZ as the background. The two emblems in the oval design are from a photograph of the Arizona Historic US Route 66 road sign.

I would love to read about your experiences if you have visited any of the segments of the old route? 

Leave a comment and let me know your experience or thoughts on the post. 


  1. Hi Patricia,
    I've never visited Winslow, but I'd like to some day. I love Arizona and the desert. The entire southwest is very appealing to me. I can see living there some day. Route 66 might be another place to visit--never been there, either!


    1. Hi Carol,
      Thanks for checking out the post. I have to say Winslow is probably the most famous but I do love the Hackberry atmosphere out on the western edge of Historic Route 66 in Arizona. After reading your comment, it reminded reminded me to link my Hackberry post about the route.
      If you are nostalgic, I'm guessing you would enjoy some of the Route 66 stops.
      Thanks again Carol.

  2. I have been through Arizona on I-40, and we did stop in Winslow, Flagstaff, and Williams. It was just so long ago I don't remember whether we spent much time on the Old Route 66. I do know we stopped on the historic part when we went through Gallup. I think we even spent the night in a motel there. We were there in the late 80's and again in the early 90's.

    1. Hi Barb,
      Thanks for checking out the post. We lived in northern New Mexico but never checked out Old Route 66 in Gallup. You may have added a weekend trip to our bucket list.


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