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Winslow (Arizona)

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Winslow (Arizona)

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Winslow 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 waypoints along historic Route 66 as well as a gateway to a number of regional attractions.

Get in

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 about have to drive.

Get around

See

  • 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 bright red 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.

Do

Buy

Eat

  • Casa Blanca Cafe, 1201 East 2nd Street, 928-289-4191. Serviceable, inexpensive Mexican food. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Drink

Sleep

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 La Posada Hotel, 303 E. 2nd St. (old Route 66), 928-289-4366. Looks interesting from the outside; see what the inside is like and write it up here.

Get out

  • Barringer Meteor Crater [1] is 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. Open daily 8am-5pm, Memorial Day - Labor Day 7am-7pm, closed Christmas Day, admission adult $12, senior $11, junior 6-17 yrs $6. Limited food service is available; no lodging nearby.

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