Day 14 had one of the most beautiful driving days along Route 66. We started off in Flagstaff and left a forest fire in our rear view mirror. The scenery was gorgeous. I hadn’t seen trees in about a week.
Our first stop was in Williams, AZ where we met Smokey the Bear at the visitor’s center, ate lunch at Rod’s Steak House (with the awesome die-cut menu!), and strolled through town down the main street. We then drove to Seligman. This is such a beautiful drive. I repeat, such a beautiful drive! I believe it is 115 miles and it is pretty far off Interstate 40, so barely any traffic, and you hardly see another car. Plus there are Burma Shave signs along the road and I saw hundreds of prairie dogs!We got into Seligman and stopped at Delgado’s Snow Cap Drive In where we met the owner, Juan Delgado who fixed us a couple small root beer floats. We were also treated to every single one of his jokes. So funny. Great stop! If you go through Seligman and you don’t stop there, shame on you. Seligman is home to a very Route 66 town. In fact, in an interview, John Lasseter stated that the fictional town of Radiator Springs was based on Seligman, AZ.On the way to Kingman, we passed by the Cozy Korner Trailer Park and it’s giant green Tiki head, Giganticus Headicus. That last thing is some sort of fertility wind chime. Luckily the wind wasn’t blowing.
We then made it into Kingman, which as usual, has a bunch of awesome signs.We checked into the El Trovatore motel and meet the owners and their dog Taco, who was formerly named Taquito, you can make a guess as to why the name change. If you’re staying at the El Trovatore, don’t bother going to any of the museums in town as the owner will give you a lengthy history lesson on the town, the motel, and route 66.
STAY: El Trovatore, 1440 East Andy Devine Avenue, Kingman, AZ 86401