Things to Do While in Laughlin – Explore US Route 66
US Route 66 – also known as the Will Rogers Highway and colloquially known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. US Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926 with road signs erected the following year. 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 both the hit song “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” and the Route 66 television show in the 1960s.
Considering the longest continuous stretch of Route 66 is just minutes away from Laughlin, it would be a shame to pass up this preserved piece of American history. Stretching from the Black to the Upland Mountains, US Route 66 “The Mother Road” meanders from Oatman to Kingman, south of Valle Vista and Hackberry before making its eastward voyage to Peach Springs and Seligman.
Enjoy the journey with a stop at the pass where the weather challenges motorists to make the climb without overheating their engines; scout a vintage gas station that opened its doors when Route 66 was seen as the highway to a better life; meet the “Angel of Route 66,” Angel Delgadillo, who is credited with bringing life back to “America’s Main Street”; and take a moment to explore the Keepers of the Wild Nature Park, a retreat dedicated to saving captive animals.
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