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Albuquerque, New Mexico (Route 66)

History of Albuquerque: Albuquerque has a history that dates back to Native American settlements, but it gained prominence in the late 19th century when the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway reached the area. The city’s name itself is derived from the Spanish town of Alburquerque, and it has a mix of Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo influences. Over the years, Albuquerque has grown into a modern city while preserving its unique cultural heritage.

Route 66 Attractions in Albuquerque, New Mexico

  1. Central Avenue: The original Route 66 passed through Albuquerque along what is now Central Avenue. This road is lined with historic neon signs, classic diners, and vintage motels.
  2. Historic Nob Hill: Located along Central Avenue, the Nob Hill neighborhood is known for its vibrant atmosphere, unique shops, art galleries, and excellent dining options.
  3. KiMo Theatre: This historic theater is a Pueblo Deco architectural masterpiece and a Route 66 landmark. It hosts a variety of performances and events.
  4. El Vado Motel: A restored motor court-style motel that captures the essence of Route 66 nostalgia. It’s now a mixed-use space with shops, eateries, and a taproom.
  5. Route 66 Diner: Experience classic diner fare in a setting that takes you back to the heyday of Route 66 travel.
  6. Petroglyph National Monument: While not directly on Route 66, this site is nearby and features ancient petroglyphs carved into volcanic rocks. It provides insight into the area’s Native American history.
  7. Albuquerque Museum: This museum offers exhibits on the city’s history, culture, and art, providing a deeper understanding of Albuquerque’s evolution.
  8. Old Town Albuquerque: While not directly related to Route 66, this historic district is a must-visit. It features adobe buildings, traditional architecture, shops, galleries, and restaurants, showcasing Albuquerque’s Spanish colonial heritage.
  9. Tinkertown Museum: A bit farther out, this quirky museum features a collection of folk art, animated dioramas, and more. It’s a testament to the creativity and eccentricity often associated with Route 66.
  10. Rio Puerco Bridge: This abandoned bridge, west of Albuquerque, is a relic of Route 66’s past. It’s a great spot for photography and reflection on the highway’s history.
  11. Route 66 Casino has several photo opportunities.




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