Seligman: The birthplace of historic Route 66

  • Seligman, Arizona

If you’re heading out West, then you might just end up rolling into Seligman, Arizona, for a pit stop and a big ol’ dose of all things Americana! But why’s this roadside town so special?

Historic Route 66

It all goes back to the original US Route 66 – the most famous road trip route in America. Officially, Route 66 was removed from the highways system back in 1985 – but you can still drive the route through eight states from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Seligman is known as the ‘Birthplace of Historic Route 66’, after residents convinced the State of Arizona to declare Route 66 as a historic highway.

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Snow Cap Diner

If you’re visiting Seligman, you just have to make a lunch stop at the famous Delgadillo’s Snow Cap Diner. Built by Juan Delgadillo (brother of Angel Delgadillo) from scrap lumber, it’s now one of the most prominent Seligman landmarks. The thick shakes are to die for and they’ll serve you up some potato ‘smiles’ with your diner dog. You won’t find anywhere else quite like it!

Angel & Vilma Delgadillo's Route 66 Gift Shop

Angel Delgadillo ran a Barber Shop and Pool Hall in Seligman, and was one of the key residents behind the campaign to recognise Route 66 as a historic highway. Nicknamed ‘The Mayor of the Mother Road’. If you’re lucky, you might just bump into Angel at the gift shop and visitor centre for a chat about all things Route 66!

Seligman, ArizonaSeligman, ArizonaHistoric Seligman Sundries

Historic Seligman Sundries

This bright and kitschy shop front is just one of the stores where you can pick yourself up some Route 66 memorabilia to take home as a souvenir. What makes this one special though, is that you can grab yourself a cup of some of the country’s best coffee – with specialty blends selected to characterize each state along the ‘Mother Road’.

Route 66 General Store

A bright red storefront is home to an American classic – the general store. Selling everything you’ll need to refresh yourself along your road trip, you can also experience retro gas station vibes, putting yourself in the picture of historical truckers and adventurers making their way along the Route 66.

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