New Mexico Route 66 Destinations - Historic and Modern
Welcome sign in Albuquerque
Route 66 across New Mexico gives you a great taste of the Land of Enchantment, as the state calls itself on its license plates. There is a variety of landscapes, from beautiful mountain ranges, to sandstone mesas, desert sagebrush, ponderosa pines and ghost towns.

Land of extremes and contrasts, capped by high mountains and home to extensive desert plateaus, small towns and large megacities, blending of Indian, Spanish and Mexican traditions, a territory of savory specialties and craft that Route 66 covers end-to-end over 400 miles.

Along the way you will and one of the best strips of neon signs you’ll see anywhere on old Route 66, abandoned motels, restored Route 66 motels, and an eclectic mix of ancient and contemporary cultures.

In Albuquerque, Route 66 runs through the center of the city with many interesting places to stop.  Albuquerque’s history dates back 12,000 years when the Ancient Puebloan Indians settled in the area.

Western New Mexico has interesting topography, with sandstone mesas looming in the foreground and high, pine-forested peaks rising in the distance. Large portions of the Route 66 run parallel to I-40 as it moves across the State of New Mexico, through the center of the State along the 35th Parallel.

Gallup was founded in 1881 when the Santa Fe Railroad first rumbled through, and calling itself “The Gateway to Indian Country.” It is the largest town near the huge Navajo and other Native American reservations of the Four Corners region and has some of the Southwest’s largest trading posts. Native Americans have lived here for over 10,000 years.

  Russell’s Truck & Travel Center
  Tucumcari has been known as the town that’s two blocks wide and two miles long” but today it stretches closer to seven miles between Interstate exits.
  Blue Swallow Motel
  Tee Pee Trading Post
  Mesalands Dinosaur Museum
  Route 66 sculpture
  Motel Safari
  New Mexico Route 66 Museum
  Teepee Curios
  Historic Route 66 Motel
  La Cita - Mexican Hat on Route 66
  Stuckey's - 8 miles west of Tucumcari at I-40 Exit 321
  Clovis is a railroad and ranching town south of Tucumcari. 10 miles south of Clovis is the oldest archaeological remains ever found in North America dating back as early as 9000 bc. “Clovis Man,” is on display at the Blackwater Draw Museum.
  Clovis Depot Model Train Museum
  Norman and Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum - Buddy Holly recorded “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be The Day,” and other early classics in Clovis.
  Richardson Store
  Scenes Of The Town
Santa Rosa
  Route 66 Auto Museum
  Park Lake Historic District
  City of Natural Lakes
  The Blue Hole - An 80-foot-wide, 240-foot-deep artesian well filled with water so crystal-clear that it draws scuba-divers from all over the western states to practice their underwater techniques here.
  Stuckey's Pecan Shoppe - I-40 Exit 267
Clines Corners
  The Gift shop Cline Corners claims to be the largest souvenir shop in New Mexico.
  Edgewood Town Website
  Retro 66: Relive The Route
  Village of Tijeras
  The Tijeras Visitors Center
Sandia Park
  Tinkertown is a marvelous assembly of over a thousand delicately carved miniature wooden figures, arranged in tiny stage sets to act out animated scenes—a circus Big Top complete with side show, and a Wild West town with dance-hall girls. Tinkertown is six miles east of Albuquerque turn off I-40 at exit 175.
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