PHOENIX -- If you've ever considered hitting the Mother Road to see Arizona, there's a new travel book you simply have to check out.
"Route 66 in Arizona crosses stark badlands, cloud-swept plateaus and a desert painted in scandalous hues," reads the book's website. "The road explores forests of tall pines and forests where trees have turned to stone. It brushes past volcanoes, craters, the ruins of ancient civilizations and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The road rolls across vast open spaces before traversing a torturous mountain pass to finally meet the banks of the Colorado River.
"All along the way it is cradled by layers of Americana, both current and faded past. Amid the scenic splendor, the highway John Steinbeck referred to as the 'Mother Road' passes through small towns and the skeletons of towns."