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Flagstaff- The Gateway to the Grand Canyon

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Flagstaff, AZ

Downtown Flagstaff-  The Flagstaff Visitors Center and Amtrak train station is a great central point to begin your Flagstaff adventures. Here you can find loads of valuable information about Historic Route 66 and Downtown Flagstaff. The visitors center has tons of train and Route 66 themed souvenirs including postcards, magnets, t-shirts, mugs and so much more.






Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Chapel- Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a gorgeous pink gothic architecture Catholic church made from volcano rock, complete with gargoyles and a bell tower!




The Painted Desert – Multicolored layered rocks, mesas and badlands created from sun exposure, earthquakes, floods and volcano eruptions.

Petrified National Forest- Fossils (including dinosaur fossils), colorful petrified wood and multi-hued badlands.

Walnut Canyon National Monument- Cliff and cave dwellings, ancient pueblos and scenic overlooks of the canyon.

Coconino National Forest- Acres and acres of wild forestry and Ponderosa Pines (the most abundant collection in the world.)

Wapatki National Monument- Native American pueblos and ruins. The Ancient Pueblo’s inhabited this area and built a 100 room pueblo, farmed and raised families around 500 AD!

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument- This crater was formed over 900+ years ago when the volcano erupted spilling lava throughout the area.


Flagstaff has so many interesting places for you to discover and explore from national forests and monuments, ruins sites, and historic Route 66! Happy travels, y’all!

With All My Love,
~The Vintage Gypsy

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”-Paulo Coelho

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Kicks on Route 66- Russell’s Classic Car Museum



Can a travel center really be this amazing? Short answer, yes. This truck stop was on my list of places to stop by on my route and for a good reason. Russell’s Truck & Travel Center is home to a fantastic classic car museum with vintage memorabilia. The beautiful old cars housed here are in pristine condition and are a varied array of pastel colors.





I loved the vast collection of retro items from the glory days of Elvis Presley, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Johnny Cash and the likes. Russell’s Travel Center has so many unique things reminiscent of times past. They had many old toys and nostalgic items. I loved all of the little oddities they showcase here. You genuinely feel like your in a time warp in here.




Russell’s Truck & Travel Center is a classic car and memorabilia museum, convenience store, has a Route 66 diner and offers a chapel. If you’re off of old Route 66 in Glenrio, NM you must stop here to complete your trip!


With All My Love,

The Vintage Gypsy


“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others.

For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness.

And for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

-Audrey Hepburn