Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Okay - so it’s not actually situated on Route 66 but it’s hard not to admit that the Grand Canyon National Park makes for an awesome side-trip! Since it’s birth Route 66 has guided many families on vacation towards the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. And why not? It’s situated only an hour from both Williams and Kingman making it easily accessible from Route 66. As a day trip you should allow an hour to reach the south entrance, otherwise there’s good lodging to be found within the National Park itself for those wanting to spend the night.
On my visit I stayed at one of the many lodges within the national park and set my alarm an hour before sunrise. Surrounded by beautiful woodland with wild deer right outside the lodge itself. We were able to get up very early and watch the sun rise over followed by an hours trek into the canyon - one of the most memorable experiences I’ve ever had. A popular vacation destination with good reason.
There was something about the view that seemed unreal, like a painting, as if we could reach out and touch it. We walked as far as we could in an hour before stopping to admire the views before starting our ascent. I’d thoroughly recommend it.