Days 10 - 11: Santa Fe, New Mexico
A must stop before you leave Texas is the quirky Cadillac Ranch – an art installation made of old Cadillacs. From there, you’re just over 30 minutes to Adrian, Texas and the official half way mark of Route 66 – be sure to stop at Midpoint Café and Gift Shop for road snacks and souvenirs. Then it’s over the border to New Mexico. Straddling the border is the ghost town of Glen Rio, which became a casualty when Route 66 was replaced by the interstate. Then it’s on to the classic Route 66 town of Tucumcari, known for legendary Motel Row and the great neon signs of a bygone era.
Santa Fe is the capital city and the oldest one in the USA. It’s a magical place with a definite heart and story. Delve into art galleries, visit museums and historic sites and enjoy live music in the historic Santa Fe Plaza in the evenings.
Days 12 - 13: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque is home to the longest urban stretch of Route 66 and is brimming with nostalgia. Stroll through Old Town’s narrow streets and old adobe homes for authentic New Mexican eateries and local artisans selling jewellery, rugs and pottery. Take to the sky for views over the city on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway. Climbing over 10,000 feet into the Sandia Mountains, it’s an ideal spot for sunset. Learn about the history of the city at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Museum, or take a walk on the wild side at the International Rattlesnake Museum!
Day 14: Gallup, New Mexico
Just 60 miles west of Albuquerque lies Sky City Cultural Centre which serves as the gateway to the 13th century Pueblo of Acoma, the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America. Take a tour with a local guide.
Gallup is the commercial hub of the nearby Navajo reservation and the self-proclaimed Capital of Indian Country, where Route 66 serves as its Main Street. Between May – September you can experience nightly American dance displays.