The Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona is a place of whimsy and Americana, a throwback to the golden age of roadside motels. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook is one of only three surviving "Wigwam Villages" in the US and one of two situated on Route 66 (the other being in Rialto, CA).
For the intrepid traveler seeking a taste of the past, the Wigwam Motel offers a unique experience - each wigwam even has a genuine vintage car parked right outside! The wigwams are deceptively large - mine contained two double beds, a TV and full bathroom with shower - and rooms contain the basic amenities you'd expect.
As one settles into their cozy abode, they can't help but feel a sense of nostalgia for a time long gone. Perhaps they imagine themselves as a family on a cross-country road trip, stopping for the night in one of these quirky roadside gems.
But the Wigwam Motel is more than just a relic of the past. It has stood the test of time, and continues to be a beloved destination for travelers from all over the world. As the sun sets over the desert, casting a warm glow over the teepees, one can't help but feel grateful for this little piece of Americana, preserved for generations to come.
After a long day on the road, my legs were in desperate need of a stretch, and so I took a short walk to take in the surroundings. As the sun began to set, I retreated to my wigwam and cracked open a beer and soaked it all in, for it's a place where the past and present converge, and where the spirit of adventure lives on in every traveler who spends the night.
I wouldn't drive Route 66 without a stay at The Wigwam Hotel.