From Zane Grey to Karl May: Germans on Route 66
For many Americans Route 66 is the ultimate road trip, but the 2,500 mile highways appeal goes well beyond the borders of the United States and nowhere more apparently than Germany.
We get a lot of people passing through here who want to trace the heritage of Route 66 and surprisingly large number of them are Germans, said Dan Lutzick, a partner at La Posada, a former railroad hotel and restaurant in Winslow that once served rail crews and passengers. Lutzick and his business partner Allan Affeldt are in the process of renovating.
The Germans have surprisingly detailed and well-organized guide books and they love to find out more about the history of the places they visit along the way, Lutzivk added.
So many Germans apparently come to the town of Seligman, Arizona, which sits on the junction of a historic loop of Route 66 and Interstate 40 which serves as a stopping point for many tourists on their to or from the Grand Canyon or Las Vegas – that some local businesses make sure to cater to this group.
The message for Germans from businesses along this stretch of Route 66 looking to attract as many tourist dollars as they can is most definitely: Wilkommen!