Route 66 Road Trip: New Mexico Schedule (Updated)

July 16, 2018

Check out the full schedule for New Mexico, including meetups and photo ops:

Meetups (All Times Local)

July 19, 4–7 p.m.: Blue Swallow Motel (815 East Route 66 Blvd., Tucumcari, NM 88401). Relax under the glow of neon lights in the historic courtyard of the Blue Swallow Motel, whose sign and hospitality have been legendary since it opened in 1939.

July 20, 6-10 p.m.: El Vado Hotel (2500 Central SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104). Join us for the grand reopening of the El Vado Hotel along historic Route 66.

July 21: Sonic Drive-In (11715 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123). The largest chain of drive-in fast food restaurants in the U.S., Sonic is best known for its unique carhop service style. Founded in 1953 by Troy Smith, today the restaurant chain is emblematic of Route 66's quirky diner culture.

July 21, 3–10 p.m.: ABQ Summerfest (Nob Hill Neighborhood, Albuquerque, NM). This free event features fun for the whole family, including the Old Route 66 Car Show, Mother Road Art Market, and Kids Zone & Youth Central, plus food trucks and live entertainment throughout Nob Hill.

July 22, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.: Palace of the Governors (105 West Palace Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87501). The iconic Palace of the Governors (a National Treasure of the National Trust) dates from 1610 and is the oldest continually used public building in America. It also led to the Pueblo Revival style in Santa Fe.

July 22: Pecos National Historical Park (1 NM-63, Pecos, NM 87552). Pecos Pueblo may have been the largest of all pueblos just prior to the arrival of the Spaniards. It stood at the threshold to the Plains and was a major trade center for the Native American tribes of those regions.

July 24, 4–6 p.m.: Luna Mansion (110 Main St. SW, Los Lunas, NM 87031). Built as a gift from the Santa Fe Railway, this historic mansion-turned-restaurant is known for both its unique style of architecture and its connection to the Torres family, dating back to the earliest known Spanish settlement in the Rio Abajo Valley.

July 25, 4–8 p.m.: McKinley Courthouse Square Plaza (106 West Hgwy. 66, Gallup, NM 87301). During this meetup, learn more about the traditional dances of a variety of area tribes that incorporate drum, rattle, and flute instruments.

Photo Ops

  • Glenrio Ghost Town
  • Route 66 Sculptures in Tucumcari
  • Route 66 Auto Museum
  • Clines Corners
  • Whiting Brothers Filling Station
  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
  • Pueblo of Santo Domingo
  • Santo Domingo Trading Post
  • St. Augustine Catholic Church, Isleta Pueblo
  • Luna Mansion Restaurant
  • Acoma Pueblo and Sky City Cultural Center
  • Route 66 Vintage Museum/Double 66 Gallery
  • Gallup Sites
  • New Mexico/Arizona Border

Check out the rest of the schedule.

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