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  • Published on May 06, 2016
    Travel the Mother Road: New Mexico

    Our Travel the Mother Road series takes us to the Southwest today as we preview the Route 66 as it went through New Mexico. Like some other states we have featured, New Mexico still carries deep roots to the Mother Road and there are still plenty of sites and activities that are featured along the road. Route 66 traveled through 400 miles of New Mexico, including through Santa Fe and Albuquerque, two of the largest cities in the state. With New Mexico being so mountainous, the engineers who laid the road had to overcome tons of hurdles as well.

    Here are some attractions and sites that are still available along the route in New Mexico.

    The 66 Diner - Albuquerque

    Albuquerque, New Mexico is one of the largest cities in New Mexico and it happened to thrive not only during the Route 66 days, but also today as well! One of the most popular Route 66 attractions is The 66 Diner of Albuquerque. Still serving guests today right along Route 66, the Diner is a great little stop for tourists. Not only can you stop in and get tasty food, but the diner is also the headquarters of the Route 66 Association in New Mexico. If you want to get a feel for some good old fashioned cooking in a classic setting, stop by the diner!

    Blue Swallow Motel - Tucumcari

    - Tucumcari, although hard to say, is the largest city between Amarillo, Texas and Albuquerque, New Mexico along Route 66. One of the most popular venues in the town is The Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari. Built in 1939, the motel features a great panel of Route 66 and is still in business today! Offering guests a chance to stay in a motel that reminds guests of the old days, the motel is family owned and operated. Restored Rooms, attached garages and more make the Blue Swallow a great place to stay even today!

    Santa Fe Plaza - Santa Fe

    - Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico, was a large part of Route 66 as well. The Santa Fe Plaza is one of the more unique places in Santa Fe today. When you approach the Plaza you will notice by all of the unique Adobe, pueblo buildings. The Plaza is open every day for market where hand crafted goods are sold by a variety of locals. All the buildings in the Plaza area are protected and are labeled as historic buildings, making the Santa Fe Plaza one of the most attractive sites along the Mother Road.

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    New Mexico has a great history with Route 66, so as you travel throughout the great state of New Mexico, make sure to stop by these places and take in a slice of history! 

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