Route 66 in Flagstaff, Arizona

Greetings from Flagstaff, ArizonaGreetings from Flagstaff, Arizona

We have traveled Historic Route 66 across Arizona multiple times over the years, both eastbound and westbound.

Some of the journey is on I-40, which parallels the old Route 66 in many places. We drive the segments of the Mother Road where it still remains. Exits to Route 66 are marked in many locales.

We have visited Flagstaff on several road trips, when heading to the Grand Canyon, or continuing on further west to Seligman and Kingman on Route 66.

Flagstaff is also a convenient jumping off location for trips to the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Antelope Canyon, and other Arizona attractions.

And with over 5,000 hotel rooms, the city offers travelers on Route 66 a large variety of accommodations.

Location

Flagstaff is situated in the pines at an elevation of approximately 7,000 feet (2,134 m), near the base of the San Francisco Peaks. Mount Humphreys is the highest point in Arizona and towers above Flagstaff at 12,633 feet.

The city is located near the center of Northern Arizona at the junction of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40, about 150 miles north of Phoenix, AZ and 80 miles south of the Grand Canyon. Flagstaff is the county seat for Coconino County, the second largest county in the United States, with an area of 11,896,720 acres.

Climate

Flagstaff enjoys a four-season climate. Altitude and low humidity combine to produce clear air and relatively mild weather conditions year-round. Flagstaff has an average of 108 inches of snowfall in a year, but averages 266 days of sunshine per year. In the fall, stands of Aspen trees turn golden creating beautiful autumn settings.

Truly, Flagstaff is "Arizona's Destination for all Seasons".

Route 66 in Flagstaff

Route 66 sign at San Francisco Street in Flagstaff, Arizona

Historic U.S. Route 66 runs directly through Flagstaff, and Flagstaff was the city with the highest elevation on the historic Mother Road. Today, 14.2 miles of Route 66 remain in Flagstaff.

In Flagstaff travelers can still cruise Route 66 and look back in time at iconic buildings and neon signs. Several historic hotels and motels still line Route 66 in Flagstaff.

Walk This Talk - Route 66 is a new pedestrian audio tour that commemorates Flagstaff’s original alignment of Route 66 on Phoenix Avenue and Mikes Pike. Located in the city’s walkable Southside neighborhood, Walk-66 features pedestrian scale signs to announce significant structures, events, and people that were affected by the Route, or which in turn, affected the Route’s alignment. The first stop on the audio tour begins just outside the entry doors on the north side of the Visitor’s Center, and ends at the intersection of Mikes Pike and Milton Road.

Read more about Route 66 attractions in Flagstaff at DiscoverFlagstaff

Map showing the location of Flagstaff, Arizona on Historic U.S. Route 66
Map showing the location of Flagstaff, Arizona on Historic U.S. Route 66

Route 66 & More Roads to Flagstaff

All roads lead to Flagstaff ... or at least many do! Many highways pass through the city, including Route 66, I-40, I-17, and US Highway 180.

All roads lead to Flagstaff ... or at least many do!

Route 66 logo at the visitors center in Flagstaff, Arizona

 

It is located at 1 E Route 66 in downtown Flagstaff.

Visitor Center in Flagstaff

The Flagstaff Visitor Center is a great place to find out more about Route 66 in Arizona, area attractions like Sedona and the Grand Canyon, and lodging options. You can also begin the "Walk This Talk - Route 66" tour here.

Exterior view of the Visitor Center and Amtrak Station in downtown Flagstaff, Arizona Entrance to the  Visitor Center in downtown Flagstaff, Arizona

Route 66 Murals in Flagstaff

Flagstaff Arizona ... on Historic U.S. Route 66 ... mural at the LumberYard Brewing Co. at 5 S. San Francisco St.
Mural in Flagstaff, Arizona ... Historic US Route 66
Route 66: Will Roger's Highway
Mural in Flagstaff, Arizona ... Route 66: Will Roger's Highway
Route 66" America's Highway
Mural in Flagstaff, Arizona ... Route 66: America's Highway

Scenes & Attractions Around Flagstaff

Babbitt Brothers Merchants & Ranchers
Babbitt Brothers Merchants & Ranchers in downtown Flagstaff, Arizona
Weatherford Hotel
Weatherford Hotel in downtown Flagstaff, Arizona
Steam Engine Number 25
Steam Engine Number 25 on display in downtown Flagstaff, Arizona
Museum of Northern Arizona
Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Arizona
Museum Club in Flagstaff
Route 66 Roadside Attraction: Museum Club in Flagstaff, Arizona
Lowell Observatory & Museum
Lowell Observatory & Museum in Flagstaff, Arizona

Interactive Map of the Williams, Arizona Area

Location and Access to Grand Canyon National Park

The park is located about 75 miles northwest of Flagstaff, Arizona, and 270 miles east of Las Vegas.

There are two access routes to the Grand Canyon, the most popular one being Highway 64 north from Williams, located on Interstate 40 and Route 66. Another option is taking Highway 64 west from its junction with U.S. 89 at Cameron.

Those visitors approaching the park from Flagstaff will take U.S. Highway 180 northwest from Flagstaff to Valle, and then U.S. 64 north to the park.

Another mode of transportation into the park is via the Grand Canyon Railway, which runs from Williams, Arizona directly into the park. The railroad has operated since 1901.

The South Rim of the canyon, with an elevation of about 7,000 feet, is open year-round, while the North Rim is open only part of the year, during the warmer months.

Entrance to the Grand Canyon
Entrance to Grand Canyon National Park near Flagstaff, Arizona
Grand Canyon Railway at the park
Grand Canyon Railway unloading passengers at the park

 

While traveling Route 66, make a side trip to the Grand Canyon ... click for details!

The majestic Grand Canyon in Arizona


Lodging and Dining Options in Flagstaff

TripAdvisor

Flagstaff, Arizona Travel Guide at TripAdvisor

Hotels in Flagstaff, Arizona with traveler reviews at TripAdvisor

Flagstaff, Arizona restaurant reviews at TripAdvisor

Attractions and Things to Do in Flagstaff

 

More Information and Resources about Flagstaff

Discover Flagstaff - Official Tourism Website

 

Flagstaff at VisitArizona.com

 

City of Flagstaff

 

Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce

 

Lowell Observatory

 

Museum of Northern Arizona

 

Grand Canyon National Park

 

Walnut Canyon National Monument

 

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

 

Wupatki National Monument

 

Weather Conditions at Flagstaff: Weather Underground

 

Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona

Earlier Times: Vintage Views along Route 66 in Flagstaff

Earlier times on Route 66: Skyline Motel in Flagstaff, Arizona

 

We have included below a sampling of our collection of vintage travel postcards dealing with Flagstaff and Route 66.

What was Route 66 like in its earlier years, as visitors drove around and across Flagstaff? What did all the service stations, motels and public buildings look like when they were new?

What did the traveling public experience on the Mother Road? We wonder such things when we travel Route 66 today.

Those earlier times in the 1930s, 40s and 50s were not always captured on film. But the use of colorful postcards was common in those decades.

These portray the historic road in its prime and help us to visualize, and appreciate, "earlier times" as we drive Route 66 today across Flagstaff.

Hi-Land Motel on US Highways 66 & 89
Hi-Land Motel on US Highways 66 & 89 in Flagstaff, Arizona
Lane Motel ... Center of Town
Lane Motel on US Highways 66 & 89 in Flagstaff, Arizona, at the center of town
Branding Iron Motel
Branding Iron Motel in Flagstaff, Arizona, west city limits, on US Highway 66
L Motel, at 121 So. Sitgreaves St.
The L Motel, at 121 So. Sitgreaves Street in Flagstaff, Arizona
Wonderland Motel in Flagstaff
Vintage view of the Wonderland Motel in Flagstaff, Arizona
Sierra Vista Motel in Flagstaff
Vintage view of the Sierra Vista Motel in Flagstaff

 

Driving West
to Seligman & Kingman?

Flagstaff to Seligman & Kingman

Route 66 Road Trip westbound from Seligman to Kingman, Arizona

Driving East
to Holbrook?

Flagstaff to Holbrook

Route 66 Road Trip westbound from Holbrook thru Winslow to Flagstaff, Arizona
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