Route 66 is the quintessential American road trip. This ribbon of road connecting small towns across the country is the essence of America. It represents freedom, unity, and mobility. It is such a part of the American experience it has acquired many names of endearment:
Main Street of America
The Great Diagonal Way
The Mother Road
Will Rogers Highway
The Backbone of America
Arizona’s segment of Route 66 is particularly special because it boasts the longest continuous stretch of Old Route 66 in the U.S. beginning just east of Seligman. When you experience Route 66 in Arizona you experience the part of America made up of small Mom & Pop businesses, family-run restaurants, general stores, and trading posts. Route 66 reveres small and unique. It values eclectic over efficient. Arizona’s Main Street of America always offers something new around the bend.
Getting there really is half the fun when you drive Route 66 through Arizona. Take the time to get off the freeway and experience Route 66 and towns like Seligman. Don’t drive by the memories you will make on this American treasure.
Just northwest of town lies the Seligman Airport. If you feel like taking your plane out for a spin you can fly to Seligman and walk into town on the gravel path.
The airport is open to the public and restaurants and shops are only a half mile walk from the airport. Run by Yavapai County the Seligman Airport (P23) has a 4800 ft by 75 ft asphalt runway and bathrooms.
By using Seligman's uncrowded and conveniently located airport, Seligman is a fun and easy day trip for any pilot with a small aircraft.
For more information on the Seligman Airport, CLICK HERE.
The village of Supai and its magical waterfalls are Northern Arizona's best kept secret. Many have seen the plentiful pictures of beautiful Havasu Falls but do not know where to find it. That is due to the difficulty of accessing the remote village where walking and horseback are the only modes of transportation.
Seligman is the perfect place to stay the night before and after your adventure to Supai. To access Supai from Seligman drive northwest on Route 66 to Indian Route 18. At the end of the road you will find a parking area at Hualapai Hilltop. At this point you can hike the 8 miles or take a helicopter to the village of Supai. From the village there is another 2 mile hike down to the campground and waterfalls.
Reservations for helicopter service, camping or for the few rooms at the lodge need to be made in advance, sometimes months in advance, and all visitors must check in at the Tourist Office on arrival.
For more information, CLICK HERE.
On the stretch of Route 66 from Seligman to Kingman you will find Keepers of the Wild, an exotic animal nature park. At Keepers of the Wild you can see over 150 animals including lions, tigers, leopards, wolves, monkeys and much more.
The park has an amazing amount and variety of animals to watch and enjoy but the truly wonderful thing about Keepers of the Wild is that it is not just an animal park but a non-profit animal sanctuary. They rescue and rehabilitate neglected, abused, or endangered exotic animals. Each of the animals has a story of how it was rescued and brought to its new home here in Northern Arizona. When you visit Keepers of the Wild you contribute to keeping these animals fed and loved.
To learn more about the organization, the animals, and touring the nature park, CLICK HERE.
There is much to do at the Grand Canyon Caverns just northwest of Seligman on Route 66.
First of all, there are the caverns themselves. Take a guided tour 210 feet underground in the largest dry cavern in the United States. If you are feeling adventurous you can even stay the night in the cavern in the one and only "Cavern Motel Room" which is a furnished area down in the cavern!
There is also horseback riding and wagon rides available at the Grand Canyon Caverns. They offer horseback rides for varying lengths of time from 1/2 an hour to all day, as well as specialized rides such as breakfast, lunch, dinner, sunset, full moon, and campfire rides.
Grand Canyon Jeep Tous depart from the Grand Canyon Caverns, after a guided tour of the caverns, and drive through the Hualapai Indian Reservation down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon to the Colorado River. This is the only Jeep tour of its kind.
For more information on the tours and activities at Grand Canyon Caverns, CLICK HERE.
Stand 4,000 feet above the Colorado River in Grand Canyon West with only a glass observation deck between you and the abyss. The famed Grand Canyon Skywalk, located on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, is an engineering feat and an architectural work of art that took two years to build. Completed in March of 2007, the Skywalk is still a relatively new feature to the Grand Canyon and a truly unique experience that you don't want to miss. To learn more, CLICK HERE.
Also in Grand Canyon West you will find Native American songs and dances performed by Hualapai Tribe members, many viewpoints to see the sights of this western side of the Grand Canyon, a cowboy style ranch with overnight cabins, campfires, horseback riding and cowboy demonstrations, a Native American village, hand-crafted Native American jewelry and crafts, and more. To learn more, CLICK HERE.
A unique and unforgettable adventure awaits you with a river rafting trip through the western part of the Grand Canyon. The Hualapai Tribe River Runners offer convenient one day whitewater rafting trips.
The day starts from the Hualapai Lodge in Peach Springs, on Route 66, just 35 minutes from Seligman. The River Runners provide transportation to the bottom of the Grand Canyon at Diamond Creek where you start your trip down the Colorado River. Along the way down the river you will make a few stops including a hike to a waterfall and for lunch.
At the end of your river adventure a helicopter will take you up to the top of the canyon at Grand Canyon West where you can take advantage of your location and visit the one and only Skywalk. To learn more, CLICK HERE.
In addition to the Grand Canyon adventures above - Supai, River Rafting from Diamond Creek, and the Skywalk - there are many more Grand Canyon experiences to be had in the national park area of the Canyon. You can travel to the Grand Canyon the same way visitors accessed it when it first became a tourist attraction and established as a national park in 1919 by taking THE TRAIN from the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams.
You can also...
HIKE DOWN into the Grand Canyon.
Stay at the famous PHANTOM RANCH.
Enjoy your view of the Canyon from one of the SOUTH RIM LODGES.
Go WHITEWATER RAFTING through the Canyon on extended trips lasting 3 to 18 days.
There is so much to the Grand Canyon that it cannot be experienced all in one trip. To pick and choose what you want to do, start at the National Park Services Grand Canyon website and CLICK HERE.