Road Trip Along Historic Route 66 in California and Arizona

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My itchy foot got the best of me again, and we spent our summer vacation cruising the good ol Main Street of America! (Well, the southwestern portion of it, at any rate!) My hubby and two daughters crammed into one car, and my mom and dad took their vintage Mustang, and we went on a week-long sightseeing trip, making all the historic stops along the way!

Route 66, or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. US 66 was established on November 11, 1926, (two years before the birth of Mickey Mouse!) The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles. It was recognized in popular culture by the hit song Get Your Kicks on Route 66 – which I listened to on a near endless loop on the drive.
We started our journey from our home in Visalia, California, and our first stop along the way was at Peggy Sue’s 50s Diner in Yermo, California for lunch. Peggy Sues is an original roadside diner built in 1954 with 9 counter stools and 3 booths. It sets in on the shadow of the Calico Mountains and was built from railroad ties and mortar from the nearby Union Pacific Rail yard.
Diners are encouraged to “Eat to the Beat” with good home-made food and great 50’s music, complete with an adjacent 5 & dime store serving malts, sundaes, and old fashioned floats. While the atmosphere was spot on and the menu was imaginative, the service was… uhhh. Terrible. They were super busy, and had a tendency to forget that we existed. Having fussy, hungry, squirming babies was a nightmare while waiting for service in this joint. But it was still a fun stop, if only for the park in back, which sported the famous roadside Diner-saurs. (Haha, get it?! Diner-saurs?!)

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Next stop on the roadtrip (and where we stayed for the night), was Seligman, Arizona.  Seligman sits on the northern border of Yavapai County, in northwestern Arizona. This town is TINY. The population was at a roaring 456 at the 2000 census.
Seligman was on the original Route 66 from 1926 through 1978, when Interstate 40 bypassed it a couple miles south. Seligman experienced its real heyday after World War II, when returning veterans and other motorists hit the road and made the Southwest a popular tourist destination. The Seligman Commercial Historic District protects the historical central area’s early 20th century commercial buildings along Historic Route 66, which in recent years has become a revived popular tourist destination.
In 1987 Seligman gained its name “Birthplace of Historic Route 66” due to the efforts of Seligman residents, who convinced the State of Arizona to dedicate Route 66 a historic highway.
John Lasseter, the Disney legend, has said in interviews that the town of Radiator Springs in the Pixar film Cars is loosely based on Seligman. While researching the history of Route 66, Lasseter met Seligman barber Angel Delgadillo, who told him how traffic through the town virtually disappeared on the day that nearby Interstate 40 opened.

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Delgadillo’s brother Juan opened Delgadillos Snow Cap Drive-In in 1953; and the eatery has since become a famous roadside attraction. Juan Delgadillo was working on an extremely limited budget, so he built the restaurant mostly from scrap lumber obtained from the nearby Santa Fe Railroad yard in 1953.
Delgadillo’s flair for showmanship extended to his menu, which still features such choices as a “cheeseburger with cheese” and “dead chicken.” His sense of humor is evident in “Juan’s Garden” at the rear of the property with its collection of old automobiles and kitsch in general; the humorous approach extends to the building itself. A neon sign in the window informs patrons, “Sorry, we’re open.” The door which leads to the counter has two knobs, one on the right and one on the left, (and this totally fooled me, I hate to say.) The knob on the right is a dummy; the one on the left actually opens the door. Delgadillo would continue his humorous approach by bantering with his patrons over their choices of food, asking, for example, if they wanted cheese on their cheeseburgers.
Since Juan Delgadillo’s death in 2004, the Snow Cap has been run by his daughter Cecilia and son John, all whom work the counter in the same playful manner. (When ordering, we totally fell for the ol mustard squirting out of a dummy bottle trick!) The walls around the counter area itself are covered with business cards from all over the world.
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I will update with more of our trip later this week… thanks for (still) reading everybody! I missed you all!

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls.

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Gingi Freeman

Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

34 thoughts on “Road Trip Along Historic Route 66 in California and Arizona

  • 9 July, 2016 at 3:45 am
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    Looks and sounds (reads) like such a fun trip! I love all the beautiful bright and happy colors, too! 🙂

    • 11 July, 2016 at 7:13 pm
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      Awww, thanks! I loved taking these photos! <3

  • 9 July, 2016 at 12:11 pm
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    Oh so cool! I really hope I will have one day the chance to visit an authentic American diner 😀
    Also so many of my friends have complained that they can’t go anywhere when having young children, but I think that’s just an excuse. Sure I imagine it can get frustrating when children get tired and fussy, but it’s no reason to stay holed up at home all the time 😀 It’s awesome your family travels like this.

    • 11 July, 2016 at 7:09 pm
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      Yeah, we swore we would NOT let out kiddos (and ourselves) miss out on experiences like this during the young years!

  • 9 July, 2016 at 7:17 pm
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    Loved this Gingi. I look forward to seeing more. I have always wanted to take my bike (bicycle) on Route 66.

    • 11 July, 2016 at 7:03 pm
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      OMG, that would be quite the ride!

    • 11 July, 2016 at 7:02 pm
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      You really have to! Route 66 should be on everyones bucket list!!

  • 9 July, 2016 at 11:54 pm
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    What a fun trip – loved your photo’s.
    Aren’t the girls growing fast!

    All the best Jan

    • 11 July, 2016 at 7:02 pm
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      YES!!! Where has the time gone?!?!?!

  • 10 July, 2016 at 1:45 am
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    What a fun road trip! You found some cute places to stop at 🙂

    • 11 July, 2016 at 7:01 pm
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      Yeah, I used the app Roadtripper.. it was life saver! <3

  • 10 July, 2016 at 2:17 am
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    I missed you too Gingi, it looks like you and your family had a fight trip… the girls are so cute and the picture of you and the hubby are adorable kissing xox ♡

    • 11 July, 2016 at 7:01 pm
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      Hehehe, could you tell we were kissing in an old outhouse? hehehe!

    • 11 July, 2016 at 7:00 pm
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      Me too! <3

  • 11 July, 2016 at 12:02 am
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    My goodness, I totally love fun posts like this and the pics are amazing! I feel like I was right there beside you! Nothing like seeing happy kisses! Hugs…RO

    • 11 July, 2016 at 7:00 pm
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      Yeah, I live vicariously through my old travel photos! hehehe! <3

    • 14 July, 2016 at 3:01 pm
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      Thank Paola! <3 <3 <3

  • 13 July, 2016 at 8:50 pm
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    Oh wow! This looks like an amazing trip! Such great sites and I love the pictures too!

    Thanks for sharing a glimpse of this excursion with us!
    xoxo

    • 14 July, 2016 at 3:02 pm
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      Prepare to be spammed with tons more in the coming weeks! haha… <3

    • 14 July, 2016 at 3:03 pm
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      Thanks! <3 <3 <3

  • 15 July, 2016 at 11:10 am
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    Oh you so beautifully captured the vibrant colors of America, friend!

    • 15 July, 2016 at 5:50 pm
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      There were so many neat sites to take photos of, it was hard to choose what to post!

  • 15 July, 2016 at 6:12 pm
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    Hi Gingi, I use an app called, fitness pal and map my walk. As well, I have a fit bit. .. I love Fitness Pal 🙂

    • 15 July, 2016 at 11:59 pm
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      Oh man, I want a fitbit so bad.. would you recommend one??

    • 16 July, 2016 at 12:00 am
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      You really should! There is nothing like it!

    • 20 July, 2016 at 6:44 pm
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      Thanks, I’m a sucker for stripes! <3

    • 24 July, 2016 at 7:36 pm
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      I know right?!?!? I don’t know where the time is going!!!

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