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Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is the perfect jumping-off point for a visit to Grand Tetons. 44 J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 7 C rossing the northern portion of the state, the Mother Road still connects several communities in Arizona's northwest corner that the interstate system bypassed. In 1984, the section of roadway near Williams was the last point on U.S. 66 to be replaced by the interstate sys- tem. In nearby Seligman, the fi rst Route 66 association was established by a local barber in 1987 and, as a result, the nation's fi rst "Historic Route 66" designation was placed on the segment between Kingman and Seligman. During its heyday in the 1930s, La Posada Hotel in Winslow was a fa- vored destination of the Hollywood jet set. Fred Harvey built the show- place in 1929 for the Santa Fe Railway. La Posada is known as architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter's Southwest masterpiece. e total budget, with grounds and furnishings, was rumored at $2 million — about $40 million in today's dollars. Rooms feature handmade ponderosa pine beds, handwoven Zapotecan rugs, and Mexican tin and Talavera tile mirrors. Some boast the original 1930s black-and-white mosaic tile bathrooms, complete with cast-iron tubs. Interior views take in the lovely gardens, and Route 66 can be seen to the north. "Our Turquoise Room's history and cuisine guarantees that groups will enjoy unforgettable dining," said Bob Hall, CEO of the Winslow Chamber of Commerce. "From stuff ed squash blossom appetizers to the grilled lamb with tamales and a decadent chocolate souffl e for des- sert, our from-scratch menu incorporates local products for an authentic Southwest experience." Route 66 signage is still in use on Flagstaff 's main thoroughfare, where art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and coff ee shops inhabit buildings dating from the late 1800s. A self-guided Route 66 walking tour starts at Flagstaff 's visitors center and focuses on the original stretches created before the mid-1930s. Phoenix Avenue has several operational 1930s motor inns such as Motel DeBeau. Afterward, groups can grab a bite at the Galaxy Diner, which sports a soda fountain and walls covered with black-and-white glamour shots of midcentury movie stars. Near the California border, the Route 66 Museum in Kingman's Historic Powerhouse, which supplied power for the construction of the Hoover Dam, depicts the evolution of travel along Route 66. In nearby Oatman, one section of the highway challenged motorists with numer- ous hairpin turns and was most likely the steepest section along the en- tire journey — some early travelers hired locals to navigate this treacher- ous stretch. W W W . V I S I T A R I Z O N A . C O M Photos courtesy Arizona Offi ce of Tourism La Posada Hotel lobby Historic building in Oatman, Arizona La Posada Hotel exterior 66 R O U T E ARIZONA

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