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
Petrified Forest. The only national park that contains a section of historic Route 66. On the edge of the mesa at the northern end of the park, the Painted Desert Inn—it’s a landmark but no longer an inn—overlooks the colorful badlands; take in the panoramic views with a half-mile one-way hike along the Painted Desert’s rim. $10/vehicle; nps.gov/pefo
Wigwam Motel (pictured; galerie-kokopelli.com/wigwam). Bedding down in one of the 15 tipi rooms is a quintessential Route 66 experience. From $58.