Tuesday, May 24, 2016

5 Ghost Towns to Visit on Route 66

Want to bypass the flocks of tourists, and wander off into a few unusual places and discover the America of a bygone era? The 2,291 mile highway that is Route 66, offers you just that. Once upon a time, the long business corridor cradled a number of bustling cities and villages, home to progressive business communities and wealthy farmers. In a display of history long abandoned, the long stretch today runs with nothing but a number of desolate ghost towns on both sides. As you carry on with your east-west road-trip, you will come across intriguing sights of the territorial-era mining towns, quiet farming villages and more. And nothing other than a home-on-wheels can offer a better way to explore the Mother Road of the US. It's hard not to get swept by the desire of owning a brand new motor home. But what if budget poses a big question mark for you? Well there is no need to suppress your wanderlust; you can safely bank on a pre-owned RV. Used motor homes for sale are as good as  factory-fresh units, as long as you purchase a well-maintained unit. Fuel-up your rig, pack your bags and hit Route 66. Brace yourself for some intriguing sights of how time has taken its toll on once-bustling cities:

1. Newkirk, New Mexico
The former railroad town suffered a silent death as the bypass of the Route 66 came into existence. With its old, crumbling buildings, abandoned service stations and shutdown stores, this long-forgotten town has an enigmatic aura about it. However, the real enigma is that a handful of families still cling to the town. A stroll through the desolate alleyways makes for an interesting outing.

2. Glenrio, Texas
With its bars, diners and motels, Glenrio was like a flash of neon in the desert in its hay days. Today, a home to just 84 people, this desolate town offers a glimpse into the life of people in the second largest state of the US before the arrival of AC cars. The historic town will be a visual treat for the new generation of Americans habituated to the gloss of Interstate transportation. Take a leisurely drive through the town's deserted streets, and check the Endee Motor Court – you might be eavesdropping on the sounds of history that keep on murmuring  behind the closed doors of its ruined buildings.

3. Afton, Oklahoma
The empty streets dotted with old buildings on both sides will remind you of the scenes that you might have watched in many Holly-blockbusters. If you are interested to absorb more of the eerie atmosphere of this ghost town, spend a night here – there are a few theme motels that offer clean, comfortable rooms.

4. Spencer, Missouri
The village of Spencer located just off the Paris Springs on Route 66 offers a glimpse into what has been the culture of the region a century back. Enter the town from the eastern side to experience the thrill of crossing over an old truss bridge. 
A cluster of buildings welcomes you as soon as you cross the bridge. Along with the vintage Phillips gasoline pumps, they offer a nice backdrop for a few wonderful clicks.

5. Oatman, Arizona
Only those ready for the challenge of rigorous desert driving through Arizona should visit Oatman as it is believed to be the most desolate and the most demanding of all Route 66 ghost towns. Take a diversion from the I-40 to enter the narrow roadways of the town. Drive on to discover the wildlife refuge along the Colorado River and a stretch of desert beyond that.

Are you all set for an awesome trip to the Route 66 ghost towns? Start your preparation by investing in the right rig – if a brand new model is currently out of your reach, check the online listing sites for suitable used motor homes for sale. There are many well-maintained units to choose from.  Your Route 66 adventure will be no fun if your motor home won't start. Choose the right vehicle and it will take care of you on the road.