10 Amazing Gems Along Route 66 You Will Regret Missing

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Wigwam Village Motel #6 

Going down the 66 can be a very exhausting trip, especially if you happen to be the only one driving. And even if you are not, as much as it is an amazing experience and something that we all should experience at least once in our lives, it is still a tiring vacation. That is why you should make sure you plan your journey ahead and the places where you are going to spend the nights.

If your planned stop happens to be in Arizona, you have to check out the Wigwam Village Motel #6. It is number 6, as there are five other previous iterations across the United States. The owner was charmed by the wigwam villages he’s seen in Kentucky and decided to open the motel in 1950, which now has become a part of Route 66’s history.

Despite its age, the whole location has been modernized and renovated so you do not have to worry about conditions. They do have air conditioning and cable, most probably you will not have to worry about getting internet there.

Even with the renovations, it still maintains its vintage air and aesthetic, complete with the classic display cars out front. It’s a great place to spend the night while you are passing through and you can help the family business: yes, the place has been passed down from generation to generation.

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9 thoughts on “10 Amazing Gems Along Route 66 You Will Regret Missing”

  1. Rolfe Jaremus

    Silvana has written an interesting article however the list of site ms to see is in a jumbled order. It would be more useful to a traveler to list these sites in trip order especially since you actually “start” in Grant Park. Thanks

  2. As I kept going from place on Route 66, I was certain Chloride, Arizona would surely be noted. It’s okey though because last I heard and saw, Chloride residents were perfectly satisfied with their quiet surroundings. My Grandma married William Epperson, a cowboy and well respected Deputy Sheriff in Cloride. I spent several summers there and even attended class in the school house. My Aunt served breakfast at the local bar before the work day began. Every day a donkey came through the swinging doors, up to the counter for his morning ritual, a stack of pancakes.

    So here I am, in my glory, reminiscing and thanking my wonderful Parents who wanted me to see the other side of glamour and glitz of the big cities in California where I was born 84 years ago.

    1. Hi Marilyn. Exactly my thoughts. I have been to Oatman many, many times as it is not too far from where I live, and I always find something fun, and historical about it. It’s a great place to visit, and there is quite a lot of history behind it. I still go there from time to time, and I never tire of it. It should have definitely been one of the stops on this list.

  3. If you want to live to make the rest of the trip, skip the ‘original rt 66’ sign in Chicago. Besides, it’s not an original sign anyhow, it’s a sign from AFTER 66 became ‘history’.

  4. Yes I drove that road when it was the main road. Stationed at the Marine base at Barstow Ca. Drove it every day and went to San Bernardino Ca to all the way to Texas on my way home prior to going over seas. Also drove it to get to the cut off to Big Bear in the mountains. Maybe put 2509 to 3000 miles on that road in the mid 1957 to mid 1958 .

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