Grab your camera and get ready to hit the road in Arizona for a driving holiday that goes the extra mile when it comes to superb scenery. Along with a fascinating Wild West history and views that will knock your socks off, this destination in southwestern USA has some incredible road trip routes, including famous Route 66. Here are three classic road trip itineraries to inspire your next adventure.

Get your kicks on Route 66 

Route 66 is more than 3,800 kms long but it’s the 140 km Arizona section from Oatman to Seligman that’s the most famous. Start your journey at Oatman where you can stroll the streets of this ghost town and pet the donkeys who roam the streets. Then motor over to Kingman and visit the Arizona Route 66 Museum which features vehicles, photographs, and other artifacts connected to “The Mother Road”, plus an electric car museum and a movie theatre dedicated to Route 66. After you set off from Kingman, you’ll pass through towns such as Hackberry, Peach Springs— home to the Grand Canyon West Skywalk, Seligman, and Williams, which are packed with Americana charm. A few kilometres east of Peach Springs, drop in for a tour of the Grand Canyon Caverns and explore some of the United States’ largest dry caverns. Finishing at Williams gives you plenty of time to explore all the historic attractions in the town.

Spooky stories and local libations 

You might have to draw straws when it comes to who’s doing the driving on the road trip from Prescott to Sedona as there are more than a dozen wineries plus a strip of Gold Rush-era saloons serving local libations to quench your thirst along the way. Walk in the footsteps of prospectors and cowboys and raise a glass at one of the saloons along Whiskey Row in Prescott before you set off up the switchbacks of the Mingus Mountains, with a stop at the haunted historic ghost town of Jerome if you dare, before you arrive at the tasting rooms along the Verdant Valley Wine Trail. With another dozen or more wineries between here and Sedona, you’re in for a delicious afternoon and some tough decisions. Which wineries will you stop at and which ones will you save for next time? If wine isn't your cup of tea, take a detour 50 minutes north to Flagstaff, aka the self-proclaimed craft beer hub of the southwest, and stroll along the Flagstaff Brewery Trail.

Classic Grand Canyon road trip 

Travel from one Grand Canyon rim to the other on a 337 km road trip that’s big on beauty and natural wonders. After you’ve spent a few days exploring the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, head east to the Navajo Nation town of Cameron where you can buy traditional Navajo arts and crafts at the historic Cameron Trading Post. From here, you’ll head towards Vermilion Cliffs National Monument where the burnt red and orange hues of the rock formation known as The Wave draw visitors from around the world. After you’ve admired the view, keep driving to the Grand Canyon’s lesser visited North Rim where the Coconino Overlook offers spectacular canyon views without the crowds.