The drive back to Los Angeles from Flagstaff, Arizona was going to be a lengthy drive. My unfaithfully outdated GPS system informed us it would be a six plus hour drive. And of course with me behind the wheel I knew to add an additional extra hour or so for incorrect turns, unexpected detours and petrol and toilet slash food breaks. In an attempt to make this commute less painful I decided to research points of interest along the way. I successfully located a few, however they were clustered in proximity to either our departing destination or juxtaposed to Los Angeles, leaving us with a dreaded large gap of nothingness.

Which wasn't exactly ideal and yet could not be helped.

We began with the town of Seligman; a little over an hour from Flagstaff and the actual birthplace of Route 66. This borough is beyond charming and so full of character and life. And in not having traversed this road fully, this was something I did not expect to find after driving for miles on flat desolate plains dusted in snow. But oh what a joy it was to see such radical change as you approach that proverbial city limit and then boom, you're hit with a magnificent kaleidoscope of colour fused with vintage old Hollywood paraphernalia.  

There's not a dull spot or moment on this strip. Each block housing something of interest. The majority of these points are something that will also entice your camera lens. From quaint cottages to weathered murals, retro neon signage to mannequin humans and horses, it's absolutely picturesque. Even having those last remnants of snow from a previous days storm still hanging about was marvelous; utterly rebellious and relentless, much like the route itself.

A common theme in this town is obviously the multitude displays of antique roadsters. While I am no car enthusiast, I couldn't name each one I saw, but I did have favorites. Like the cerulean blue model found at the Return to the 50's Museum (see first image). And of course a jade green Kombi van parked out the front of Copper Cart. Adorned with thousands of signatures and love notes, seemingly I felt compelled to leave my own, unimaginative tag of "Sonia 2016". Unbelievably I couldn't think of anything more creative, though I do did hope to return one day soon and leave a more prominent mark; either solo or perhaps accompanied by a lover. 

I'd also be very curious to see if my original signage remained, if I could locate it that is. 

There's also a strong sense of community in this town. None more evident than where we stopped for lunch; the Road Runner, another charismatic and amiable locale, both from the outside and in. This cafe is deceivingly spacious housing a large gift shop and collection of artwork and novelties created by the townspeople. The cafe itself has a vast selection of treats, from hotdogs and pizza to salads and sandwiches. I ordered the Caesar wrap with a side of chips which was actually really fresh and delectable. There's room to dine both in and out, seemingly with the cold we choose to eat inside, which also gave us the opportunity to continue conversing with the staff. While the interiors and gift selection memorabilia are worth noting so are the staff who are truly delightful, friendly and knowledgable. Though if they ask if you'd like to see some Rattlesnake eggs, say no. Then again you only live once so do it, say yes.

The strip is incredible photogenic with a plethora of wonderfully antique buildings and points of interest. There's a wonderful bohemian-western fusion about it, a kind of Americana kitsch that is no doubt reserved solely for Route 66. 

As time began to wither away and with hours upon hours remaining until we reached our  final destination in Los Feliz, we reluctantly had to push forward and I physically had to halt myself from stopping the vehicle at every captivating site (which was plentiful). Sadly I didn't get a chance to thoroughly explore the town, something which I felt compelled to do. I desperately wanted to get off the main road and peruse those beaten tracks leading out towards those mountainous ranges on the horizon and get a real feel for life out here. 

I'll leave that for another day I suppose.

The next stop was Peach Springs, a town which inspired the backdrop and setting for the Disney movie Cars. I had extremely high hopes for this town especially after being irrevocably enamoured with it at the Cars section at Disneyland, but I felt a little underwhelmed. Perhaps that had more to do with the limited amount of time I had or the fact that we stuck fast to Route 66. The main road did hold a lot of promise with a scattering of discarded and neglected buildings. My favourite was a Mission style petrol station with flaking white paint (see bottom of the post). 

Sadly I didn't get near enough to further explore.

While this was a spontaneous and much needed detour, these two towns have left rooted impressions within. Many places we visited held special places in my heart, but these two are in a league of their own. This is the kind of Americana I had been savouring for years now. The kind I obsessively pinned and swooned over on travel and photographer blogs, incessantly wrote and dreamed of. It's a one of a kind experience and something so far removed to my norm. I still dream about traveling Route 66 in its entirety, from one end to the other, and now more than ever do I yearn for such things. Though in having visited merely two sites out of countless others, I suspect such ventures will be somewhat challenging for me and require time, lots of it, given my frivolous pace and need to savour ever single moment. Regardless, I do look forward to undertaking such adventures.

-Sxx





The drive back to Los Angeles from Flagstaff, Arizona was going to be a lengthy drive. My unfaithfully outdated GPS system informed us it would be a six plus hour drive. And of course with me behind the wheel I knew to add an additional extra hour or so for incorrect turns, unexpected detours and petrol and toilet slash food breaks. In an attempt to make this commute less painful I decided to research points of interest along the way. I successfully located a few, however they were clustered in proximity to either our departing destination or juxtaposed to Los Angeles, leaving us with a dreaded large gap of nothingness.

Which wasn't exactly ideal and yet could not be helped.

We began with the town of Seligman; a little over an hour from Flagstaff and the actual birthplace of Route 66. This borough is beyond charming and so full of character and life. And in not having traversed this road fully, this was something I did not expect to find after driving for miles on flat desolate plains dusted in snow. But oh what a joy it was to see such radical change as you approach that proverbial city limit and then boom, you're hit with a magnificent kaleidoscope of colour fused with vintage old Hollywood paraphernalia.  

There's not a dull spot or moment on this strip. Each block housing something of interest. The majority of these points are something that will also entice your camera lens. From quaint cottages to weathered murals, retro neon signage to mannequin humans and horses, it's absolutely picturesque. Even having those last remnants of snow from a previous days storm still hanging about was marvelous; utterly rebellious and relentless, much like the route itself.

A common theme in this town is obviously the multitude displays of antique roadsters. While I am no car enthusiast, I couldn't name each one I saw, but I did have favorites. Like the cerulean blue model found at the Return to the 50's Museum (see first image). And of course a jade green Kombi van parked out the front of Copper Cart. Adorned with thousands of signatures and love notes, seemingly I felt compelled to leave my own, unimaginative tag of "Sonia 2016". Unbelievably I couldn't think of anything more creative, though I do did hope to return one day soon and leave a more prominent mark; either solo or perhaps accompanied by a lover. 

I'd also be very curious to see if my original signage remained, if I could locate it that is. 

There's also a strong sense of community in this town. None more evident than where we stopped for lunch; the Road Runner, another charismatic and amiable locale, both from the outside and in. This cafe is deceivingly spacious housing a large gift shop and collection of artwork and novelties created by the townspeople. The cafe itself has a vast selection of treats, from hotdogs and pizza to salads and sandwiches. I ordered the Caesar wrap with a side of chips which was actually really fresh and delectable. There's room to dine both in and out, seemingly with the cold we choose to eat inside, which also gave us the opportunity to continue conversing with the staff. While the interiors and gift selection memorabilia are worth noting so are the staff who are truly delightful, friendly and knowledgable. Though if they ask if you'd like to see some Rattlesnake eggs, say no. Then again you only live once so do it, say yes.

The strip is incredible photogenic with a plethora of wonderfully antique buildings and points of interest. There's a wonderful bohemian-western fusion about it, a kind of Americana kitsch that is no doubt reserved solely for Route 66. 

As time began to wither away and with hours upon hours remaining until we reached our  final destination in Los Feliz, we reluctantly had to push forward and I physically had to halt myself from stopping the vehicle at every captivating site (which was plentiful). Sadly I didn't get a chance to thoroughly explore the town, something which I felt compelled to do. I desperately wanted to get off the main road and peruse those beaten tracks leading out towards those mountainous ranges on the horizon and get a real feel for life out here. 

I'll leave that for another day I suppose.

The next stop was Peach Springs, a town which inspired the backdrop and setting for the Disney movie Cars. I had extremely high hopes for this town especially after being irrevocably enamoured with it at the Cars section at Disneyland, but I felt a little underwhelmed. Perhaps that had more to do with the limited amount of time I had or the fact that we stuck fast to Route 66. The main road did hold a lot of promise with a scattering of discarded and neglected buildings. My favourite was a Mission style petrol station with flaking white paint (see bottom of the post). 

Sadly I didn't get near enough to further explore.

While this was a spontaneous and much needed detour, these two towns have left rooted impressions within. Many places we visited held special places in my heart, but these two are in a league of their own. This is the kind of Americana I had been savouring for years now. The kind I obsessively pinned and swooned over on travel and photographer blogs, incessantly wrote and dreamed of. It's a one of a kind experience and something so far removed to my norm. I still dream about traveling Route 66 in its entirety, from one end to the other, and now more than ever do I yearn for such things. Though in having visited merely two sites out of countless others, I suspect such ventures will be somewhat challenging for me and require time, lots of it, given my frivolous pace and need to savour ever single moment. Regardless, I do look forward to undertaking such adventures.

-Sxx





74 comments

  1. these pictures are astounding!! Love the sharpness and richness of the colours!

    Have a great week ahead!
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  2. I love your photos, you have taken such great pictures on your travels.

    It does look just so American, so different from Australia, definitely worth a visit even if you felt you could have spent longer there, you managed to see lots of cool things :)

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    1. Thanks Mica. It's beautifully striking over there, so different to Australia xx

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  3. Nice photograpy and the place looks so beautiful.

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  4. I get what you mean, I get the feel from the photos. Although I've driven to Flagstaff from LA and back, I didn't go through these towns, as I went via the Grand Canyon and Phoenix (in 2011). You absolutely have to return to the US if you love it that much. Life is short!

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  5. Thanks my dear :D

    Street art?! Just in love with all pictures :D

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  6. Nice post!!!
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  7. I love your blog! Your layout is so professional and your content is amazing! I'm new to blogger and it'd mean a lot if you could check out my blog and let me know what you think, and maybe follow me back on bloglovin so we can stay in touch! Much love xx

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  8. Cool photos!

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  9. My eyes are glued to these stunning shots, dear! Have an awesome week! xoxo

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  10. Lovely post hun! I like this so much.

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  11. wow i love it
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  12. I love it perfect day to post this Have a great Memorial Day.

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  13. Those cities areo so picturesque and scenic, you just caught their souls with your pics and it was to be a bit there too. Happy Monday Sonia! xo

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  14. Great photos!! Amazing places!!!
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  15. Amazing photos!!

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  16. Just beautiful shots, Sonia:) And I never knew that the place in Cars is based on a real-life town! I hope you do get the chance to come back and explore these places more:) If ever I'm in the area, I'll look for your signature:)

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    1. And I'm so glad you're liking My Love From Another Star:) I love love love that show and listen to the soundtrack non-stop. Kim Soo Hyun....sigh....

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  17. Amazing photos!! Kisses from Madrid :p

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  18. I didn't know that Flagstaff was the actual birthplace of Route 66. That wrap looks so delicious! Sorry to hear that you couldn't explore more of Los Feliz and Peach Springs, but that's a reason to come back one day. Well done with the photos, S!

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  19. Wow, great pics and interesting details!
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  20. such a picturesque place. I would love to visit this!


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  21. Long car rides are the worst when there is nothing to distract you so it's nice that you managed adventures through Seligman and Peach Springs along the way. How cool that you got to visit the actual birthplace of Route 66!

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  22. This looks so cool. I totally agree with you saying that there is something interesting in every building. It's good to see beauty in everything x
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    1. Agreed. Wish more people saw beauty in everything too xx

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  23. a classic piece of americana. i like the name peach springs, even if it didn't deliver in the Cars cartoon dept.

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  24. Such a cool roadtrip Sonia! Beautiful pictures!
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  25. You got so many great photos of your road trip. Route 66 goes through my town, and the history is so neat.

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    1. Oh wow, that is so cool Amy Ann xx

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  26. Such interesting and original place to visit!
    Great photos!
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  27. These photos are so good - I love to discover places like these! Great post :)
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  28. wow i wish my road trips were as cool as this!

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  29. Fantastic pictures! I like the raw feel of these two towns, can't wait for more!

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  30. Stunning images! You really get a feel of the places.
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  31. Hey babe! Great idea to find some interesting spots along the way. I should do that next time we go on a road trip to make it even funner. That is such an interesting and fun place. The wrap looks yummy and it's so cool that you left your signature. I'm pretty sure it'd still be there when you return (with a lover ;) ). Will look for if my travels take me that way. I love driving by the way. I do most of the long distance driving in my family, vey happily too. All they have to do is give me some loud music, lol.

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  32. Hey babe! Great idea to find some interesting spots along the way. I should do that next time we go on a road trip to make it even funner. That is such an interesting and fun place. The wrap looks yummy and it's so cool that you left your signature. I'm pretty sure it'd still be there when you return (with a lover ;) ). Will look for if my travels take me that way. I love driving by the way. I do most of the long distance driving in my family, vey happily too. All they have to do is give me some loud music, lol.

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  33. Road 66 is so mythical and beautiful !

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  34. Amazing reportage, It seemed to be there. I traveled I also scrolling through the images. A dream!
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  35. We did the cross country drive from San Francisco to Boston and I highly recommend it! You go through so many different terrains and subcultures of the U.S., it's so enlightening.

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  36. Spontaneous trips are the best, don't you agree? So much to see and a lot of wonderful surprises on your way.

    Enjoy!

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  37. Back in the day, these places must have been really popular and with a change of route now all demolished. It is sad to see how things like that can affect all these places. Great photos and that wall with Route 66 looks amazing!

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  38. There's so much character! Lovely to take pictures

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  39. Great photos!
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  40. These pictures are so good, all the colors are so vibrant! Xx

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  41. Love the character in these photos- feels like an adventure. :)

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  42. amazing photos!!
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  43. Wonderful photography! Love your interesting shots! =)


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  44. wow!!! beautiful pics!! wonderful place!

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  45. I absolutely LOVE you travel posts and these pictures are just gorgeous! I almost feel like I'm there with you :)

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  46. wow very beatiful photos.. this travel post is fantastic
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  47. wow very beatiful photos.. this travel post is fantastic
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  48. Awesome place, it's amazing how many place you have visited! Love the mood of these photos!

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  49. Such a fun adventure! I love road trips and Route 66 is definitely on my bucket list :)

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  50. These photos are gorgeous!

    XoXo,

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  51. beautiful photos. Sorry about your gps though

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  52. That's so cool, love your style!

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  53. These photos looks like you've stepped back in time. It looks like an amazing road trip

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  54. ughhhhh girl can i travel with you?! LOL you make everything look so amazing!

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  55. Amazing pics babe!!! I've never been to the US but would love to go one day! Looks like there's lots of good photo locations! Enjoy the adventure darling! Xx

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  56. Amazing photos and the place looks so beautiful! I want to travel with you :)
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  57. I enjoyed watching all of your awesome Pictures. I love to travel and the Beauty of that is capturing the Moment in a Picture. Great share dear.
    Have a lovely day and Keep inspring!
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  58. Once again you have mesmerized me (and others:) with your wondrous words and captivating images, Sonia. You have "gobbled" up the the character of these passages with an incredible eye for the true meaning of the the Mother Road.

    I do hope you get to return one day Sonia, with a lover of course:) I have a feeling you will easily find your imprint.

    Thank you so much for sharing these amazing images, Sonia...

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  59. I am seriously enjoying your US travel diary, Sonia. It's amazing because you travel to so many places that I never read about anywhere else. Looking forward to the next one.

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  60. OMG!! I love this post!! I've been there a month ago, I can believe it!! Love so much your pics!
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  61. You took great pictures during your long way back... :)))

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  62. Amazinq
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  63. This is sooo cool!!!! You make me want to jump in my car and just drive across the States right now. Honestly I've actually been thinking about making some grand road trip from the west coast to the east for awhile now... but just keep putting things off because I'm too "busy". Ugh, this is definitely the Americana that I imagine also and so jealous but great that I get to live vicariously through you!

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  64. Such beautiful scenes! I would LOVE to drive round more of america! My last trip was when I was little I would love to do it now with my camera! So beautiful!

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