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Route 66

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Route 66

Hi, we're travelling out from Vegas to the Grand Canyon where we are staying for 3 nights. we want to stop at the hoover dam on the way but my question is - how much of a detour is it to take in some of route 66 on the way as I believe this runs in the same direction as the main road? Do you think it worth it and what would you suggest?

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The detour on R66 from Kingman to Seligman is on a smooth 65 mph asphalt road. Nothing like the old days. It's about a one hour detour but that depends on your stops. Stops might be in Hackberry with it outside museum, in Peach Springs, Grand Canyon Caverns and Seligman. It's not particularly scenic but it's the R66-thought that counts. So to us it's worth the detour. Best part of R66 is between Topock-Oatman-Sitgreaves pass to Kingman but that will be a longer detour.

Tet

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I agree with the above poster. Seligman etc is the obvious choice. Not realy exciting but it would be a shame to pass that close to route 66 and not take a bit of time to drive it.

Ken

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Here's a link to a forum that might interest you

http://www.historic66.com/

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Tet14, how long of a detour would the Topock-Oatman-Sitgreaves pass to Kingman be?

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I expected that question-lol-

Count on at least a 2 hours detour, more if you stay longer in Oatman to feed the wild burro's. Best route is to drive us95 south of Boulder City to Laughlin. Cross the bridge, take the business loop around Bullhead City, drive south on 95 to the turn off to Oatman (poorly signposted but there's a sign) to your left. Driving via Topock will add another hour because driving is slow and much traffic on 95 between Bullhead City and Topock (and not that easy to find from 95) so my advice is to drive from 95 south of Bullhead City to Oatman. The map show a road from Bullhead city directly to Oatman but it's a rough dirtroad and not recommendable. If you want some detailed info stop at the Bullhead City visitor center. It's right by the river. Take the first road to your right at the bridge and it's on your right hand side after a mile or so. Taking the business loop is a lot faster though (just drive straight ahead after Laughlin bridge)

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Thanks, Tet....is this the route that you consider the "best part of Route 66"?

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Yes, at least for that part. You won't find the old R66 shields painted on the road anymore (you'll have to drive the Ca. stretch for that) but not much improvement re roadsurfaces. Still some potholes and no smooth asphalt. Some curvy roads and switchbacks to the summit of Sitgreaves Pass (3500 ft) for 5 miles at both sides, and also some old relics like the goldmine and fuelpumps between Oatman and Kingman. We like that drive. Stop at the roadside for the billboard with info on the area on your way to Kingman.

Tet

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Thanks for all of your replies, so from what you are saying you consider it a worthy detour?

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Definitely, but take your time. I would prefer to drive from Las Vegas to Laughlin, stroll along Colorado River and have a drink at one of the casino's. Then take your time to explore Oatman, feed the wild burro's (not the little ones). Buy carrots from the local people (helps the economy-lol-), stroll along the buildings, see the old hotel and take your time for the route to Kingman. Maybe stay in Kingman if needed. Ample lodging.

Take it easy and get your kicks on R66.....

Tet

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The only problem with the route Tet14 suggests is that it doesn't take you over the dam as you desire. In order to do that you need to take 93 over the dam down to Kingman and then make your way over to Oatman. Of course your COULD make a side trip to the dam first then backtrack over to 95 and then follow the directions that Tet14 suggests (probably what Tet was thinking).

In any event, Oatman is a worthwhile stop and the road out to the place exactly as described.

I have a few photos of that area in my Webshots Arizona album. The link will lead you to the first in the series - which is of Seligman. Photo #90 is also of Seligman and then starts a series of shots of Oatman, with the first showing vehicles stopped on Route 66 to observe some of the famous burros. Photos of Oatman continue up to Photo #94.

…webshots.com/photo/2530057750028665280AroFZL

Ken