Driving old Route 66 should be on every traveler’s bucket list. Known as “the Mother Road,” this highway began in 1926 and eventually grew to a total of 2,451 miles, with countless attractions and things to do along the way. As you travel Route 66 by car, take time to visit the incredible activities in Albuquerque, which is the longest urban stretch remaining of the original highway and has some of Route 66’s most iconic landmarks, as well as unique places to eat, explore, and shop. Discover the best way to travel Route 66 by finding great places to visit in Albuquerque, and start making your plans for the ultimate road trip today!
The Best Way to Travel Route 66 by Car
Buy a Souvenir
Bring home a souvenir to commemorate your awesome road trip. Nob Hill is a historic area that covers a mile-long portion of Route 66, with unique shops, boutiques and restaurants. Beeps in the Nob Hill Shopping Center has something for everyone, from retro bags to toys, books, games, jewelry, candles and cards. For more traditional Native American pottery, jewelry and crafts, visit Skip Maisel’s on Central Avenue in downtown Albuquerque. The building itself is an amazing Route 66 landmark.
Try Amazing Food
No road trip is complete without sampling some local eateries. Try some enchiladas or maybe a green chile cheeseburger at the Frontier Restaurant, just across the street from the University of New Mexico. Their famous cinnamon rolls are extraordinary and big enough to share. The Standard Diner is a renovated 1930’s service station turned into an upscale restaurant with a casual atmosphere.
Experience Arts and Culture
Stop in for a tour of the KiMo Theater in downtown Albuquerque during the day or enjoy a live performance or film at night. Built in 1927, the KiMo is the only Pueblo-Deco style theater in the country. Wander through Sumner and Dene Gallery to view local art, photography, jewelry, furniture and unique gift items.
Enjoy the Nightlife
The soft neon glow of the street signs lining Route 66 creates a welcoming beacon for a night on the town. If you’re looking for some entertainment, you’re in luck; there are abundant options for drinks, dancing, and live music. Kelly’s Brewpub is a lively hotspot with an outdoor patio and live bands for a night guaranteed to be a blast! Scalo Northern Italian Grill is an award-winning restaurant known for special events, like concerts in their music lounge several times a week and a fabulous four-course special dinner on Wine and Dine Wednesday.
Come Stay with Us at Bottger Mansion of Old Town!
Complete your getaway to New Mexico by staying in the best accommodations. The Bottger Mansion of Old Town is a historic bed and breakfast in Albuquerque offering comfortable lodging with modern amenities. Make your adventure complete by staying in our Route 66 Suite. Check our availability online and book your stay today!
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