New Mexico March 02, 2018
Here Are The 8 Essential Things You Must Do On New Mexico’s Route 66
Want to take a tour back into the recent past? How does traveling along Route 66 through New Mexico sound? Most of the road is now part of Interstate 40 but you can still enjoy some old and new sights located along the old highway! Here are some of the sights that stand out for their unique touch of Americana, from west to east.
1. El Morro Theater, Gallup
Located in one of New Mexico’s most iconic Route 66 towns, Gallup, this historic theater is one beautiful sight! It just off the highway near the train station. You can still catch a movie here, so consider taking a break from your driving to kick back with a popcorn and a new flick.
Address: 207 West Coal Avenue, Gallup
2. El Rancho Hotel, Gallup
This historic hotel was once the place for A-listers and crews for Western films to sleep when traveling through or filming in the area. Most of the guests today are Route 66 travelers who appreciate the lodge-style atmosphere and history of the silver screen.
Address: 1000 East Highway 66, Gallup
3. Continental Divide
This spot has always had an epic ring to its name but it’s simply a hydrological divide that marks the point where waters flow in different directions. In this case, water flows towards the Pacific or towards the Atlantic Oceans, depending on which side of the line a river sits. You’ll find a cheerful sign marking the spot and a tourist shop sitting nearby.
4. 66 Diner, Albuquerque
Looking to experience a tiny bit of nostalgia on your road trip? If you associate traveling the Mother Road with ‘50s-style diners, then you’re going to love this little diner in Albuquerque. It has a retro style both inside and out, and a menu filled with delicious comfort foods and New Mexican classics.
Address: 1405 Central Avenue NE, Albuquerque
5. Cuervo ghost town
This little town lived a robust but short life thanks to the railroad and Route 66. After Interstate 40 opened and the town was split in two, its population began to decline. These days, just 50-some people live in the area but most people consider it a ghost town these days with all the abandoned buildings and overgrown plants.
6. The Blue Hole, Santa Rosa
Hey, looking for a spot to go for a dip during your travels? You’ll love the Blue Hole, located in Santa Rosa. This natural swimming hole is located just off the highway and you will love the crystal clear waters. In fact, if you enjoy scuba diving, this is the perfect inland spot to do it since it extends 140 feet below ground!
Address: 1085 Blue Hole Road, Santa Rosa
7. Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumcari
If you want to experience a true roadside motel that is comfortable and cozy, you’ll want to spend a night or two here. This famous motel is small with just a handful of rooms filled with Route 66 icons and vintage décor. Don’t forget to snap a photo of that classic neon sign!
Address: 815 East Route 66 Boulevard, Tucumcari
8. Russell’s Truck & Travel Center, Glenrio
Just before you enter Texas, you’ll pass through Glenrio and spot this seemingly ordinary travel center. Inside, you’ll find a free classic car museum, a Route 66 themed diner for green chile burgers, and even a tiny chapel.
Location: Interstate 40 at Exit 369 in Glenrio
Want to check out more scenic drives around New Mexico that are just a little shorter in length? Read
These 9 Beautiful Byways In New Mexico Are Perfect For A Scenic Drive for some of our favorite suggestions!