Traveling from the Grand Canyon to Joshua Tree (or most anywhere in Southern California) provides the perfect opportunity to take the most iconic road trip route - 66. Historic 66 weaves in and around I-40 as it crosses the state which we picked up just southwest of Flagstaff.
Little towns like Seligman and Kingman provide plenty of kitsch and some decent milkshake stops, but the most unexpected part of the drive for us was the incredible scenery as the two-lane road winds its way through fields filled with wildflowers (and the occasional Burma Shave ads) and then up through increasingly dramatic canyons.
Actually - the scenery was perhaps the second most unexpected part. A trip through one of the more spectacular pieces of road deposited us in the town of Oatman, which unbeknownst to us is a small Old West village filled with donkeys. Donkeys on the street, in shops, everywhere.
Like so many moments on this trip - this drive was all the reinforcement we needed to take the scenic route because what is a road trip for if not the ride.