Route 66 News

Elvis driving old Route 66 in Arizona

There’s not much of a description to this video, except we know it’s primarily Elvis Presley visiting Meteor Crater off Route 66 in Arizona in June 1967. All of the footage appears to be home movies.

You’ll also see glimpses the American Indian souvenir shops — including Chief Yellowhorse‘s — at the New Mexico-Arizona state line, and Presley goofing around with his pals during a roadside smoking break.

Apparently this is the source of the footage.

Presley made regular road trips in that area during the 1960s, either to shoot movies in California or play gigs in Las Vegas. He’d hook up with Route 66 in Oklahoma City after leaving from Memphis.

Presley stayed at the Trade Winds Motel in Clinton, Okla., at least four times, and it still has his favorite Room 215, known as the Elvis Room.

Presley also ate at the Porter House Diner in Weatherford, Okla., and signed the guest book there. The long-closed diner — with its guestbook — now resides at the Heartland of America Heritage Museum in Weatherford.