Part of the National Register of Historic Places, El Rancho Hotel originally was a premier luxury place to stay in the Southwest along Route 66. It has had movies filmed there, as well as many Hollywood people have stayed there. Today, guests can still stay at this iconic hotel and dream of how things were during its heyday. Plus, they can explore nearby national parks and other Route 66 landmarks and feel the spirit of the old West just like others have done for more than 50 years.
Built in 1972, the Blue Whale is one of Route 66's famous roadside attractions and can be found in Catoosa, OK. Since that time it has been a hot spot for families who wanted to play on its metal fins, picnic, fish or swim in the lake it is on. It's 20 feet tall and 80 feet long and was built as an anniversary gift for the creator's wife. Unfortunately it closed in 1988, but has since been renovated and reopened to visitors, who still enjoy climbing and frolicking on this iconic whale.
Located in the Arizona desert, the Wigwam Village Motel lets visitors sleep in one of 15 real Indian teepees. Each is 21 feet wide and 28 feet high and holds a sink, toilet, shower and bedroom furniture, including a TV. There is also a museum with a collection of Indian artifacts, petrified wood, as well as mementoes from the Civil War and Route 66 for visitors to enjoy. The experience of staying in one of these cute teepees is bound to thrill everyone from the kids to grandma and grandpa!
Another interesting place to go to grab a snack along Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona, the Snow Cap Drive In is a sight to see! It features lots of funny signs, statues and other props to look at, as well as being along what is one of the longest, nonstop sections of the famous Route 66 roadway that goes clear to the border of California along the Colorado River. So if you love browsing unique places full of interesting sights, then don't miss out on the Snow Cap Drive-In if you are traveling along Route 66 in Arizona.
Initially built in 1909, the Santa Monica Pier now houses many entertainment options such as an amusement park, an aquarium, lots of food options, and lots of stores to browse in and find great California and Route 66 souvenirs. The pier marks were Route 66 stops at the ocean, and it has fun events all year round that thousands of people come to experience every year. You can learn about Santa Monica history or just park and walk around to take it all in.