Arizona 2010 Official Visitor's Guide - (Page 18)

BY NORA BURBA TRULSSON ® ® P U T T H E T O P D O W N , crank up the music and hit Arizona’s scenic roads. The state is filigreed with drives that lead you through uninhabited desert or lush pine forests, past streams and lakes, and through eccentric small towns. Make sure to pack a camera. Before you go, check the weather and call 511 Traveler Information Service to get updates on Arizona road conditions. Bring plenty of water and fill your gas tank. Many of these roads wander far from urban conveniences. Here are 10 great drives to get you started. ARIZONA’S WEST COAST HISTORIC ROUTE 66, ASH FORK TO TOPOCK Route 66, “The Mother Road,” carried travelers between Chicago and Los Angeles from 1926 until the last stretch of road was decommissioned in Arizona in 1985. You can still get your kicks on Route 66 on this segment of the preserved highK IC RR way, which cruises past open desert, small towns, reservation KE lands and the Colorado River. Veer off Interstate 40 at Ash Fork and head northwest toward Seligman, a small town that makes the most of its history with a Route 66 Visitors Center and Gift Shop. Take a guided tour of nearby Grand Canyon Caverns, a dry limestone cavern. To really extend your tour, consider the hike to Supai village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, where you’ll find waterfalls and blue-green travertine pools. A short drive away, tiny Peach Springs—the capital of the Hualapai Reservation—offers strolls upon its glass-bottomed Grand Canyon Skywalk, which cantilevers over Grand Canyon West. The small towns of Valentine and Hackberry lead into Kingman, a commercial hub along Interstate 40 and hometown of comic cowboy actor Andy Devine. Continue on Route APPROXIMATE DISTANCE 66 over the Black MounGrand Canyon Skywalk ∞ 152 miles tains to Oatman, a historic ROADSIDE ATTRACTION mining town famous for staged gunfights and ∞ Delgadillo’s Snow Cap burros—descendants of miners’ pack animals— Drive-In. Stop in for red that roam the main street. chili burgers, shakes and End your drive in Topock, a small Colorado River zaniness from the staff at community known to bird lovers for its Topock Marsh, this classic 1950s drive-in. Seligman, (928) 422-3291 a 4,000-acre preserve on the river’s backwaters. JA M ES PHOTO COURTESY OF GRAND CANYON SKYWALK your ONLINE GUIDE For more on Arizona’s scenic roads, including suggested itineraries, visit Arizona 2010 Official State Visitor’s Guide

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Arizona 2010 Official Visitor's Guide
Arizona State Map
Off the Beaten Path
Arizona… In Any Season
Road Trip!
Cultural Cuisine
History & Heritage
Calendar of Events
Phoenix & Central Arizona
Tucson & Southern Arizona
Northern Arizona
Arizona’s West Coast
North Central Arizona
Smart Traveler
Arizina Mileage Map
Arizona Visitors Center

Arizona 2010 Official Visitor's Guide