||Route 66 was the first completely paved transcontinental highway
in the country. It stretched between Chicago and Los Angeles and became
known as the "Main Street of America" because of all the
cities and towns it went through. Today, one of the longest stretches
of historic Route 66 lies in Arizona (purple colored road on the map).
||Driving tours to the east of Laughlin can take you along portions
of historic Route 66. Spectacular views await the driver of the route
east of Laughlin. The road rises through an old mining area, including
the town of Oatman; famous for its "wild" burros that ply
the town looking for handouts. Shops in the city sell carrots so tourists
can feed the burros (they were hiding when I went through).
|In the past, gas stations along the route were traveler's havens.
Now, one must look where one steps; this grave site was just off
the road by a lookout point.
||Route 66 runs through Sitgreaves Pass where one can look out over
the Colorado River valley.
Press on to Lake Havasu...
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