Painted Desert National Park
Looking like pastel mounds of Neapolitan ice cream, Northern Arizona’s Painted Desert is a vast, striated badlands that extends some 150 miles from the eastern end of the Grand Canyon into Petrified Forest National Park. A geologist’s other-worldly paradise, the colorful hills, flat-topped mesas and sculptured buttes of the Painted Desert are primarily made up of the Chinle Formation, mainly river-related deposits dating back some 200 million years. Inhabited by indigenous people for thousands of years, the multi-hued sweep of pigmented rock in the arid high desert received its present name in the 1540s from the Spanish explorer Francisco Vazquez de Coronado, who called the area El Desierto Pintado.
Route 66 – Holbrook to Winslow AZ
Beyond the Petrified Forest, Atsuo Sakurai makes some of the best sake outside of Japan in the small town of Holbrook. Don’t believe us? Arizona Sake, Sakurai’s brand, was awarded the title “World’s Best Sake Made Outside Japan” at Tokyo’s Sake Competition in 2018.
After a 40-minute drive along historic Route 66 you can stand on the corner in Winslow, Arizona, and snap a shot of that iconic road sign. Then, follow along as we meet two Harvey Girls, at La Posada, who share the history of the original Harvey Girls of the 1880s and how they helped build the West. Lots more to see in this iconic Arizona town.
Route 66 – Holbrook to Williams AZ
Want a little more of an adventure? Take Route 66 from Holbrook to Williams AZ. Williams is a quirky but stunning small town that is considered the gateway to the Grand Canyon. See the natural beauty, dine in the unique restaurants and meet the fascinating locals. Nothing about this historic little town is mundane.
Meteor Crater Natural Landmark
Visit the world’s best-preserved meteorite impact site on Earth. Located just minutes from Interstate 40 and the old Route 66 in Northern Arizona near Winslow. Meteor Crater is the spectacular result of a collision that rocked the American Southwest approximately 50,000 years ago with the energy of more than 20 million tons of TNT. Situated under the wide skies of the Arizona High Desert, Meteor Crater offers an interactive educational experience for the entire family in a beautiful, natural setting. Be sure to stop at the Meteor Crater Visitor Center located on the rim of the Crater. The fully air-conditioned building features an 80-seat widescreen theater, indoor crater viewing area, Crater Trail access, Interactive Discovery Center, artifacts and exhibits, gift and mineral Shop, “Collision!” 4D Experience Room, and the Blasted Bistro.
Snowflake to Greer AZ
Many people think Arizona is just one big dry desert. However, beautiful nature destinations and waterfalls with breathtaking scenery prove otherwise. The town of Greer is just such a place. Just a stunning 1.5-hour drive from Snowflake is Greer, a small mountain town (the highest elevation of any community in AZ) that acts as an outdoor four-season recreational paradise. If you want to escape the city and be close to nature, you better plan a day trip to Greer Arizona! Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, rockhounding, wildlife viewing, and winter activities abound in this magical place. Greer is a place where you can see unparalleled beauty and nature at its best. The drive to Greer will take you through the vibrant towns of Show Low and Pinetop/Lakeside.