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Historic Route 66 in New Mexico

Before they bypassed Santa Fe and Los Lunas in 1937 New Mexico had one of the longest stretches of Route 66 at about 470 miles, but the two major re-alignments cut off about 100 miles.
xGlenrio: Russell's Travel Center
1583 Frontage Road 4132
A very cool classic car museum hides inside! There's also a nice restaurant and of course plenty of gas pumps. Turn right on the I-40 frontage road when leaving and you're on 66.
xTucumcari: Tepee Curios
924 E. Route 66
The Tee Pee Curios building opened as a Gulf gas station in 1944.


xTucumcari: Blue Swallow Motel
815 E. Route 66
The Blue Swallow Court & Cafe opened in 1941. .A lot of updating has been done on this iconic Route 66 Motel.
xSanta Rosa: Route 66 Auto Museum
2866 Hwy 66
The Route 66 Auto Museum has been open since 2000 . You can't miss it with the 1931 yellow Ford on top of a sixteen foot tall pole.
xSanta Rosa: Comet Drive In
217 Parker Ave. (Route 66)
The Comet II Drive-In Restaurnt operated as the Muchra Burger from 1952 until 1961 when it became the Comet II
xMoriarty: Whiting Brothers
421 E. Route 66
This 1964 Whiting Brothers station has been owned by Sal Lucero since 1985. The sign has now been restored.
xMoriarty: Breezy Rain Cafe
1005 Old Hwy 66,
The former El Comedor De Anayas Restaurant,still sports the historic Roto-Sphere sign.
xAlbuquerque: Route 66 Diner
1405 Central Ave NE
Formerly Sam's 66 Service Station built in the 1940s in the Art Deco style. Cool styling and good food.
xAlbuquerque: Old Town Albuquerque
303 Romero St NW
Historic Old Town is filled with history, shops and cafes. The tree shaded Plaza is a pleasant place to rest a bit. Old Town is on the north side of Central Avenue.
xAlbuquerque: Rio Puerco Bridge
I-40 Exit 140
The Rio Puerco bridge just west of Albuquerque was built in 1933. The bridge became part of Route 66 when the road was realigned in 1937.
xGrants: The Hub of History Scuplture
W. Santa Fe Ave at 5th St.
This wonderful sculpture featureing a large Zia is found in the park next to the San Jose Rio. The Zia is the New Mexico state symbol.
xContinental Divide: Indian Market
Hwy 122 at I-40 Exit 47
The Indian Market at Continental Divided is located at State Highway 122 (I-40, exit 47).
xGallup: El Rancho Hotel
1000 E. Route 66
The El Rancho Motel was built in 1937 and could accommodate 250 guests. Many of the rooms are named for the movie stars that stayed at the hotel.

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x About Us We started traveling Historic U.S. Route 66 as a destination in 2009. It's like a 2,400 mile long drive back in time from Chicago to Santa Monica! more
xDid You Know: Many parts of the old 4 lane Route 66 were reverted to a 2 lane road after 66 was realigned to the interstate. In many places the abandoned lanes are still there.


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