Standing on the Corner Park
Location: N Kinsely Ave & W 2nd St; Winslow, AZ
Smashed Penny Machine: Yes, at the gift shop across the street
This is the smallest park I think I have ever been to. Embracing the song that made people know their town existed, the small town of Winslow has a half a block park dedicated to the Eagles song “Take it Easy.” Like a lot of small towns along old Route 66, Winslow has been slowly revitalizing their small town Main Street to attract tourist looking to capture the nostalgia for days gone by.
The park is completely free. Parking is available along the various downtown streets. The park consists of a few statues, a mural and a flatbed Ford. So you can pose for maybe the cheesiest of all photos while living the opening lines of the song. The park itself will take you at most 15 minutes to experience (and that’s assuming you have to wait a few minutes for other groups to clear out-of-the-way). We were there early in the morning on a Monday in July and there was one other couple taking pictures.
The rest of town has several gift shops mostly filled with Route 66 and Eagles memorabilia. There are also a few classic diners around town (we stopped at one for breakfast before coming to the park). The town is also home to some restored Route 66 hotels. Winslow has enough options to make a half day visit to town or just pick one or two as your time allows.
Overall: We spent about an hour and a half in Winslow. We ate breakfast at a local diner, took a photo with the famous corner, and browsed through a couple of the gift shops. Having seen it once, I don’t think I’d go out of my way to go back. However, I do think that this is a must stop for any Route 66 trip.