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Los Angeles to Nashville via I-40 - Where to stop and fly?

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I had previously posted about my upcoming trip from California (SFO) to Nashville. Now I plan to stop in LA for a couple of days, so my primary route will be eastbound on I-40.

Please share any ideas you have for me to fly my drone and capture cool photos along the way.
 
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Here are a few places of note for photography and perhaps video.
The Route 66 Wigwam Motel in San Bernardino and a similar place in AZ. Both are on Route 66 which is the true original road pre I 40. Williams Az itself seems to be a Route 66 historic town. Near Williams is an aviation museum with a good outdoor collection of aircraft worthy of a flyover. Just west of Amarillo Texas is Cadillac ranch which has about 12 Cadillacs at least “planted” at 45 degrees. It’s off Route 66 and free access. All the cars have been painted with psychedelic spray paint.
Aliong Route 66 proper there were remarkable roadside diners and shops where you can see rattlesnakes and Dinosaur “eggs”
Of course you pass near to Grand Canyon but north of I 40 and east on the National park there are roads in the Navaho area with gorgeous red rock scenery.
That’s my 5 AM memory list and I am sure others will add to this. I 40 parallels the historic Route 66 where all the towns and funk are located. I hope you are doing this in a corvette convertible.
Remember, Route 66’s terminal point is or was in Santa Monica on Ocean Blvd and Wiltshire Blvd overlooking the ocean at a statue of Saint Monica.
 
Let's not forget the AZ NM border there's a gift shop that has the cliffs above it with animals and such. The Wigwam hotel in AZ is in Holbrook, stayed there once. Not bad.
 
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Let's not forget the AZ NM border there's a gift shop that has the cliffs above it with animals and such. The Wigwam hotel in AZ is in Holbrook, stayed there once. Not bad.
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Here are a few places of note for photography and perhaps video.
The Route 66 Wigwam Motel in San Bernardino and a similar place in AZ. Both are on Route 66 which is the true original road pre I 40. Williams Az itself seems to be a Route 66 historic town. Near Williams is an aviation museum with a good outdoor collection of aircraft worthy of a flyover. Just west of Amarillo Texas is Cadillac ranch which has about 12 Cadillacs at least “planted” at 45 degrees. It’s off Route 66 and free access. All the cars have been painted with psychedelic spray paint.
Aliong Route 66 proper there were remarkable roadside diners and shops where you can see rattlesnakes and Dinosaur “eggs”
Of course you pass near to Grand Canyon but north of I 40 and east on the National park there are roads in the Navaho area with gorgeous red rock scenery.
That’s my 5 AM memory list and I am sure others will add to this. I 40 parallels the historic Route 66 where all the towns and funk are located. I hope you are doing this in a corvette convertible.
Remember, Route 66’s terminal point is or was in Santa Monica on Ocean Blvd and Wiltshire Blvd overlooking the ocean at a statue of Saint Monica.
I can't find the aviation museum near Williams.
 
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Could you be more specific, please?

Russelville may work out well for a night's sleep.
 
The one I am referring to is halfway from Williams to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in Valle Arizona. I last was there 15 years ago. Their website has a phone number as 928 534-1000. It is associated with the much larger Planes of Fame museum in Chino, CA for more info. It perhaps didn’t survive COVID but I found and active url

 
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The one I am referring to is halfway from Williams to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in Valle Arizona. I last was there 15 years ago. Their website has a phone number as 928 534-1000. It is associated with the much larger Planes of Fame museum in Chino, CA for more info. It perhaps didn’t survive COVID but I found and active url

Thanks!
 
Sedona is a just around 20 miles south of Flagstaff, and it's an absolutely gorgeous combination of green pine and rusty red rock. There are countless scenic canyons in that area. Highway 89A is the fastest and most scenic way to get there from Flagstaff, but check for road closures as it was closed just south of the Oak Creek vista point when I was there at the beginning of June.

Meteor Crater is also a short side trip south of the Interstate around 40 miles east of Flagstaff. I have no idea what their policy on drones is, though. Still worth some shots from the rim even if you can't fly.

There are vast swaths of incredible red rock formations among the National Parks in the northeast quarter of Arizona and southeast quarter of Utah that are well worth spending a few days roaming around. Perhaps my favourite drive in those pats is the Colorado River canyon towering over Utah highway 128 heading east out of Moab. Colorado highway 141 south of Gateway is also quite stunning. Those may be a bit too far out of your way, though, unless you've got a few days extra you could take.
 
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