The West's best road trips

Satisfy your wanderlust with a Western classic--a great road trip. Get ideas for the best routes and where to eat along the way

Ultimate Western road trip: Route 66

From the desert to the surf, these three stretches of the old Mother Road have outdoor adventure, high culture, and some of the West’s best road food 


Winslow, AZ
Photo by David Fenton

Winslow, AZ


Standin’ on the Corner Park. Pay a visit to this park, a nod to the Eagles song “Take It Easy.” Kinsley Ave. at Second St.;

Little Painted Desert overlook (pictured). Ddon’t miss the sunset from this spot, about 15 miles north of town. As the light fades, the badlands turn electric—a sea of orange, crimson, indigo, and teal. Off State 87.


La Posada. At Winslow’s grand 1930s railway hotel designed by architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, the most vibrant colors hang on the walls. Artist and co-owner Tina Mion’s bright pop-arty pieces include a series devoted to U.S. presidents’ wives. The hotel’s Turquoise Room ($$$) serves fresh regional cuisine like locally raised Churro lamb. From $109;


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