Scenic byways, quirky roadside attractions, charming small towns, Native American reservations, and beautiful national parks; elements that made Route 66 the iconic American road trip, can all be found in Flagstaff, Arizona. Also known as “The Mother Road,” Route 66 continues to bisect Flagstaff today and the road is lined with relics from the route's heyday as well as new businesses reinventing the spirit of Route 66. Route 66 was commissioned in 1926 but was not fully paved until 1937. During its life, the route continued to evolve and had several alignments to accommodate the increased traffic. Flagstaff was home to the original Route 66 “Muffler Man,” a 40-foot-tall fiberglass lumberjack, originally standing, axe in hand, at the Lumberjack Café to attract the business of hungry travelers.
Is your dream to hop on a Harley and cruise Route 66 “Easy Rider” style? Then Flagstaff is the perfect starting point for a motorcycle tour and adventure of a lifetime. At EagleRider Flagstaff located right on Route 66, find the perfect starting point to explore the Mother Road where tours begin directly on scenic roads without big-city traffic or long interstate detours. EagleRider Flagstaff offers a large variety of Harley-Davidson rentals, guided tours with multi-lingual guides, GPS navigation, and riding apparel and accessories for purchase. www.eaglerider.com/flagstaff
Flagstaff's Historic Southside is home to the original alignment of Route 66 along a street now known as Mike's Pike. When traffic became too heavy, it was re-routed, but Mike's Pike continues to keep that Route 66 spirit alive. Three young entrepreneurs have taken up residence in the 1920s Milum Textile building on Mike's Pike, giving new life to this historic spot. Mother Road Brewing Company pays tribute to their location on the original Route 66. The tasting room offers samples of their various brews, with names like Roadside American Ale, Twin Arrows Brown Ale and Gold Road Kolsch. Flagstaff Bicycle Revolution has everything you could possibly need for a bike, and a coffee bar and rotating art exhibit to boot. Pizzicletta combines the owner's love of pizza, cycling and Italy into one amazing Neapolitan-style pizza joint. With a pizza oven handmade in Italy and gelato homemade daily you know you're in for a treat. www.motherroadbeer.com; www.flagbikerev.com;www.pizzicletta.com.