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Winslow (Arizona)

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Winslow (Arizona)

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Winslow [5] is a small town in Navajo County in the northern region of the state of Arizona, in the United States of America. While of limited interest itself for most travelers, it is one of the points along the historic Route 66, as well as a gateway to a number of regional attractions.

Get in[edit]

Winslow is on Interstate highway 40, which follows the roadway of old Route 66 through much of Arizona. Several state and local highways connect the town to Phoenix, about 150 miles away, which is a major commercial air hub. To get to Winslow from Phoenix, you'll just have to drive.

Amtrak's daily Southwest Chief [6] Chicago-Los Angeles line stops in Winslow. The westbound train arrives at 8:50PM and the eastbound train arrives at 7:09AM. This stop has no ticket office and no Quik-Trak ticket machine so tickets must be purchased at another station or online.

Get around[edit]

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  • Meteor Crater, (~18 miles W. of winslow on the interstate - follow the prolific signs). Typically considered the best preserved meteor crater on earth. Seemingly more famous internationally than locally - for added fun - try to identify the nationality of the tourists there - who seem to be in a very high ratio given the secluded locale. See the 'Get Out' section for additional information. $18/adult. Privately owned, so no passes are accepted..  edit
  • Winslow owes much of its fame to the Eagles' hit song of the 1970s, "Take It Easy," with lyrics that talk about "standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona." If you want to relive the song, the town has erected a small exhibit at Standin' on the Corner Park in the downtown area; go there and see if a girl in a flat bed Ford slows down to take a look at you, as in the song lyrics. It should be noted: As of early 2005, a fire destroyed a building on the corner, causing it to be fenced off. It's unknown when, or if, repairs will be made.

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  • Casa Blanca Cafe, 1201 East 2nd Street, +1 928-289-4191. M-Sa 11AM-9PM, Su 11:30AM-8PM, Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas. Serviceable, inexpensive Mexican food. A different opinion says this is one of the great bargain foodie road warrior stops if you want AzMex home cooking. Outstanding sopapillas, huevos rancheros and homemade salsa. Local dining at its finest. Kid friendly, family oriented, mobbed by locals. Dinners $4-10.  edit

High-end drinking in the desert at La Posada. Competent and capable barman. Perfect, a bit pricey, to wash that road dirt from your throat.

  • Turquoise Room, 303 E Second St., (928) 289-2888‎, [1]. Very classy and original  edit

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  • P T's, 1500 E 3rd St., (928) 289-0787‎. Live music and karaoke on some weekends. A nice, relaxing place where locals meet with friends.

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Lodging in Winslow can charitably be described as "functional" - geared to the thousands of travelers passing by on I-40 who need a place to sleep and nothing more. The usual motels and motor lodges (Best Western, Days Inn, Super 8, etc.) cluster near the exits, with little to choose among them. For a bit of flavor of the old town and Route 66, try the La Posada Hotel.

  • Comfort Inn, 1701 N Park Dr, +1 928-289-4638. $80-220 (Doubles).  edit
  • Days Inn, 2035 W. 3rd St, +1 928-289-1010 (fax: +1 928-289-5778), [2]. $55-105 (Doubles).  edit
  • La Posada Hotel, 303 E. 2nd St. (Old Route 66), ''+1'' 928-289-4366 (), [3]. One of the legendary Fred Harvey stations in the process of a multi-year restoration. An architectural gem and must stop for Route 66 tourists, rail buffs and fans of Old Hollywood. Very high quality gift shop, excellent bar and quality high-end restaurant in The Turquoise Room. Pretentious and prissy staff can ruin the experience. Complete disconnect from the surrounding native populace. $89-129.  edit
  • Motel 6, 520 W Desmond St, +1 928-289-9581. $50-60 (Doubles).  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Barringer Meteor Crater, [4]. Open Daily. Memorial Day-Sept. 15: 7AM-7PM; Sept. 16-Memorial Day: 8AM-5PM; Thanksgiving: 8AM-1PM; Closed Christmas Day. Located off Interstate 40 at Exit 233 west of Winslow. Barringer Crater was formed approximately 50,000 years ago by an explosion estimated to be the equivalent of 2.5 megatons of TNT, or 150 times the force of the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. The meteorite itself was estimated to be 150 feet across and weighed approximately 300,000 tons. Although most of the meteorite itself vaporized upon impact, large chunks of nickel-iron remnants have been found in the surrounding area. The site is privately owned, and includes a well-done visitor center with a number of interpretive exhibits and short trails to viewpoints. $15/14/8 (Adults/Seniors 60+/Children 6-17).  edit

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