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Gallup, NM

Gallup is home to the El Rancho Hotel, and the summertime nightly Indian Dances at the County Courthouse Plaza, together they make the town a "must stay the night", at least in my mind.
xRoad Runner Motel Sign
3012 E. Route 66
Here's a cool old sign just waiting for you to snap it's picture and there's plenty of space to pull in and do just that ... read more
x Hacienda Motel
2510 E. Route 66
The former La Hacienda Court started with the slogan "Where Summer Nights Are Always Cool" ... read more
x El Capitan Motel
1300 E. Route 66
The El Capitan Motel opened in 1955 with 40 guest rooms ... read more
x Blue Spruce Motel
1119 E. Route 66
The 1949 Blue Spruce Lodge opened with 20 rooms. Fittingly enough a huge Blue Spruce tree is featured on the neon ... read more
x Arrowhead Lodge
1115 E. Route 66
When the Arrowhead Lodge opened in 1949 it featured Panel Ray heat and carpeting! ... read more
x Lariat Lodge
1105 E. Route 66
The Lariat Lodge opened in July of 1952 with 35 rooms. The Googie style sign replaced the ... read more

Side Trip:
Turn north at the intersection just east of the El Rancho Hotel and go one block past I-40 then turn west to the parking lot on the south side of the street.

xBabe Ruth / We the People Park
800 Montoya Blvd
This very cool park is located at the intersection of Miyamura/Ford Dr. and Joseph Montoya Blvd. a few blocks from the El Rancho ... read more

Back on 66:
Back track to the El Rancho Hotel and go from there.

x El Rancho Hotel
1000 E. Route 66
The El Rancho Motel was built in 1937 and many rooms are named for the movie stars that ... read more
x Zia Motel
915 E. Route 66
The Zia Motel doesn't have a lot of neon on it's sign, but does have some interesting paintings on the office building... read more
x Redwood Lodge
907 E. Route 66
The 1931 Redwood Lodge is the former Jim's Modern Court that had twelve guest rooms separated by garages ... read more
x1919 Drake Hotel Building
216 E. Rt. 66 -
The 1919 Drake Hotel was once one of Gallup's largest hotels ... read more
x1923 Depot & Gallup Cultural Center
201 E. Rat 66
The still operating 1923 Santa Fe Depot is also home to the Gallup Cultural Center including several museums ... read more
1928 White Cafe Building
101 W. Historic Route 66
The old White Cafe was located in the north section of the first floor in this building for several decades beginning in the ... read more
x1895 Kitchen's Opera House
221 W. Route 66, Gallup, NM
The Opera House was an important center of social life in Gallup for many years offering all sorts of social ... read more
1912 Palace Hotel Building
236 W. Route 66
The 1912 Palace Hotel was rehabbed in 1985. This is the only Richardsonian Romanesque style building in Gallup ... read more

Side Trip:
Take 3rd St. 2 blocks south, turn left on Aztec and turn right into the parking lot.

McKinney County Court House
207 W. Hill Ave.
The Nightly Indian Dances on the Plaza from Memorial Day to Labor Day make this a must stop ... read more

Back on 66:
Go east on Aztec to 2nd St. and turn left to get back to 66.

x Rex Historical Museum
300 W. Route 66
The 1900 Rex Hotel is now the Rex Museum The hotel retail space on the first floor and guest rooms on the second floor ... read more
x Lexington Hotel
408 W. Route 66
The Lexington Hotel is located at 408 W. Route 66. It was built in 1931 with the original sign shown here ... read more
x Route 66 Drive In
1301 W. Route 66
The Route 66 Drive-In is one of many similar drive-ins found along the Mother Road in it's heyday ... read more
x Ambassador Lodge
1601 W. Route 66
When the Ambassador Lodge/Motel was built by Louis Bortot in the mid-40s it had 16 rooms and garages ... read more
x Desert Skies Motel
1703 W. Route 66
This is a really cool sign. The Desert Skies Motel was formerly called Desert Skies Motor Hotel ... read more

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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.