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Monday, November 26, 2012

From Flagstaff on Route 66 then on to Las Vegas

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Today sees us finally hitting Route 66 again, and we discover a town named Williams.
I am pretty miffed, as it is just a stunning retro town.
It has been only 30 - 40 miles down the road from where we based ourselves.


It is where the Grand Canyon train leaves from.
It has a great visitor centre, and my son is loaded up with goodies -
all free, from the Ranger there.
This includes a Smokey the Bear pack, and Cd's of bugle music.
There are fab cafes.

Lots of street statues and fun things to do.
It is also a place where you can stay in retro style.
anything from a room that was a railway carriage, to great 50's and 60's hotels.
Alas, it is really cold and we have a full days driving, so we don't stay long.
Maybe next time, if I am ever back this way.
It really was a fun place!

Now my son has a Passport to Route 66, Arizona.
This is a book we purchased at the start.
So he is often racing out to get his book stamped.
Some of the towns are terrible.  So run-down - it is sad.
We enjoy Hackberry.
It has a great General store.

This is not the cheapest place to get Route 66 memorabilia, 
but each store has different items.
We find another old car, we think may have inspired the 
Disney movie, Cars.
We have found many - more than we have placed on the blog.

As we drive, we even find the Kozy Park.
We think this may have been an inspiration for part of the movie too.
Next to it is this great site - a row of country letterboxes.

We have a coffee break at Mr D'z Diner again.
I confirm for the 2nd time - they make lousy coffee!
But they do make good milkshakes!!

We decide to change our plans.
We head straight for Las Vegas.
We were going to go to Laughlin for the night.
We remember we gain an hour with the time change.
As we drive down the main road we are pretty shocked at how big it is.
We have no accommodation booked.
My son decides he wants Harrah's again.
We stayed there economically at Laughlin.
So we use our Players Card (even though I don't gamble).
We get this great room for $30 a night.
It will be more on the Friday night, but it is a great deal and home for the next few days.
It is also about smack bang in the middle of The Strip.
We can walk safely to so many attractions.
It is a complete success, and my son is happy.

Tip:
Be aware - checking in at large hotels is a pain in the neck.
You have to multi-story park.
Then drag your stuff in.
So this can take several trips.
I suggest you do this after you have secured your room.
We also had to wait in line nearly 1 hour to check in.
They completely lack any information desk.

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