Here Are 10 Must-Stops Along Route 66 In New Mexico

Traveling Route 66, the famous Mother Road, from Chicago to California has been a rite of passage since 1926. But did you know that 535 miles of the 2,450-mile route ran right through New Mexico?

Though no longer an official road, you can still follow the Route 66 Scenic Byway across the entire state, east and west. From the east, the route starts in Glen Rio and primarily runs parallel to Interstate 40, until it exits the state past Gallup, through Manuelito. However, older parts of the route swing up through Las Vegas and Santa Fe. For whichever path you follow across this historic road, we’ve lined up a few must-stops along the way.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

Have you traveled Route 66 in New Mexico? What are your favorite stops and attractions? We want to know.