Best Off-the-Beaten-Path Drive Phoenix 2013 - Route 66 to Holbrook
Once an oft-traversed roadway, Route 66 has been relegated mainly to a kitschy back road. Don't let the garage sale memorabilia fool you; the Mother Road is still worth driving. Why? Because it leads to underexplored oddball nooks of the Copper State. Case in point: Holbrook. Sure, you're familiar with its teepee motel (you and everybody else -- it's referenced in Pixar's Cars, after all). But the city's also home to some bizarre murals worth a gander. There's a map of Arizona landmarks, complete with a prominently featured Yuma Prison and a howling coyote at "Happy Holbrook," and a bizarre collection of portraits (a cowboy and samurai are among them) on the signage for the Globetrotter Lodge, on the side of which you'll also find a massive painted Route 66 sign. It's perfect for a photo op and a solid stopover on the way to the Petrified Forest National Monument.