Writer Joseph J. Airdo // Photo Courtesy of Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona

Where else but the small towns located along Historic Route 66 can you eat at a restaurant called Roadkill Cafe, take a selfie in front of a 14-foot-tall tiki head or experience a tollway run by wild donkeys paid with alfalfa blocks?

Nearly 95 years since it was established, the highway still offers one of the greatest summer adventures available.

“Historic Route 66 is just a different experience than a lot of other vacations,” says Nikki Seegers, director of operations of Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona. “People are seeking out the nostalgia of a different time in history and also a different pace of life that we no longer see.”

Seegers — whose association is dedicated to the preservation, protection and promotion of both the surface and the memories along Arizona’s portion of Route 66 — adds that it is surprising what one finds along the historic highway. Whereas there is nothing particularly fun about traveling on I-40, traveling on Historic Route 66 is an incredibly unique experience.

“Historic Route 66 is quirky and off the wall but also very picturesque,” Seegers explains. “You just want to look at everything, ask questions and see what is next. You come along all of these different little towns and see all of these neat things instead of just being lulled to sleep by the interstate. You take I-40 to get somewhere. Route 66 is the destination. You are there to drive.”