A beautiful 17-mile drive along Historic Route 66 and is one of the longest stretches of unbroken Route 66 highway in existence today. This is the essential Route 66 and a must drive for any fan of the old road.
The Essential Route 66
Locating and photographing wildflowers along the road is a seasonal activity, but they provide beautiful scenes in the Arizona Desert. You might find California poppies, desert primrose, globe mallow, daisies and verbena in bloom. Elevations are higher between Peach Springs and Ashfork, and cooler temperatures translate to flowering cycles in late spring and summer. Monsoons often bear brilliant shows of sunflowers in August, September and October. Train watching on Route 66 is unlike anywhere else. The route follows the railroad tracks laid out in the 1880’s, so it’s no wonder there are so many places to pull off and watch today’s steel horses.