The Great American Road Trip: Day Three - Arizona

Scott stays at an iconic Route 66 motel, visits base of Grand Canyon

Hop into the car with WJOL morning radio host Scott Slocum for another epic road trip across America, via the legendary Route 66. Tune in for an unforgettable road trip across America on Route 66, broadcast live each morning from 5:30 to 9 a.m. on 1340 WJOL.


Over the course of the next 8 weekdays days, we’ll be unlocking new Route 66 roadtrip content on this page. Mother Road fans will want to check back each day for exclusive interviews, photos and video from some of the top destinations found along The Great American Road Trip.

WJOL’s Scott Slocum is hosting 10 live radio remote broadcasts from 10 new cities along the Mother Road. Live broadcasts will take place in California; Oatman and Holbrook, Arizona; Tucumcari, New Mexico; Shamrock, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Springfield, Missouri; and Illinois’ Edwardsville, Springfield and back home in Joliet.

The cross-country odyssey concludes with a grand finale at the historic Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet on Friday, June 14 (Reserve your spot at the the live show here:


The Great American Road Trip

The Great American Road Trip is fueled by The First Hundred Miles, Heritage Corridor Destinations, D’Arcy Buick-GMC and Enjoy Illinois.

This year’s daily sponsors include Mark Reum - Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group, Village of Romeoville, Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm, Ascension St. Joseph - Joliet, Pontiac Tourism, First Secure Bank of Joliet, Joliet Slammers, Fazio Insurance, Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway and the City of Wilmington.


After Scott’s second day on the road, the team spent the night at one of the most iconic lodging destinations along Route 66 - Holbrook, AZ’s Wigwam Motel. A kitschy staple of the mother road, these standalone motel units are shaped in the form of tipis, erroneously dubbed ‘wigwams’ by the chain’s founder. This novelty lodging stop - loving parodied in Disney-Pixar’s ‘Cars’ - has been welcoming travelers since the 30′s, and now features modern ammenties like small flat screen tvs. Once a popular chain with locations across the nation, now only two Wigwam hotels remain. The motel is located nearby Holbrook’s other claim to fame - an enormous 3,900ft wide meteor crater.

Scott and driver Kev also took an excursion to the Hualapai Nation, where you’ll find the only two public use roads leading down to the base of the Grand Canyon. This rocky and rough road, often only one lane wide, eventually leads you to a stunning view of the Colorado River.

About Our Day Three Sponsor:

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm, on Weber Road in Lockport boasts a four-generation, century-long history. Known for the renowned Pumpkin Fest, offering over 35 exciting attractions for all ages. Additionally, they offer Wedding and Event services in their traditionally Amish-built event barn for any special occasion.

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Whether you’re looking to chart a cross-country trip from Chicago to Santa Monica, or simply experience a unique getaway that’s close to home, The First Hundred Miles of Route 66 is the best place to start your journey. This famed trek takes you off the highways, and encourages you to explore the communities that line the Mother Road. From the hustle and bustle of Chicago’s awe-inspiring Magnificent Mile to the picturesque farmland of central Illinois, The First Hundred Miles of the original two-lane blacktop is lined with throwback diners, fascinating museums and some of the most popular photo-ops you’ll find along the entire route.

The First Hundred Miles is a comprehensive tourism brand, linking the communities between Chicago and Pontiac. At, you’ll find feature articles dedicated to noteworthy attractions, lists of fan-favorite restaurants, inspiring photo galleries and comprehensive business listings. You’ll also find convenient maps and pre-built, road-trip itineraries, directing you to popular boutique shops, sprawling nature preserves and delicious dining destinations.

Be sure to tune into LIVE to1340 WJOL each weekday, from 5:30 to 9 a.m., for updates on The Great American Road Trip 2.0!