You should know the drill by now! This is part 3 of my series featuring my favourite images from our Route 66 adventure across the US in the summer of 2015. If you’re late to the party, fear not – you can still check out my Route 66 California highlights and Route 66 Arizona highlights.
I have to admit, New Mexico was slightly vexing. I was very excited to visit, not least because I had been led to believe that the state has spectacular sunsets. We even had a whole song on our Route 66 playlist dedicated to the things.
As it was, we were not fortunate with the weather, and didn’t get to see much of a sunset. This was sad, but a reason to return at least! As you’ll see from many of my pictures from this state, it was a bit grey. Ok, very grey. But the views were still excellent, and there were plenty of Route 66 related attractions to keep us happy. Let’s have a look at what we found!
New Mexico isn’t short on old signs from bygone businesses.
Or shops selling cowboy hats.
Or seriously creepy looking abandoned motels.
I mean, you can pretty much see a horror movie being filmed here, right?
Ah, Albuquerque. One day I shall visit and it will be sunny.
This burger joint was supposed to be awesome. Then it went out of business. Sigh.
New Mexico is *all* about the chillies.
And the old buildings.
New Mexico is also where we crossed the continental divide. If you’re not up to speed with geography, this is where the rainwater makes it’s decision as to where to flow – to the East, and the Atlantic Ocean, or West, to the Pacific.
I’ve often thought that a backhoe would be the logical addition to most cars.
Of course, there are plenty of old gas stations, in various states of use and repair.
And some newer ones, looking pretty good!
Giant things are a thing in New Mexico too. In this case, a giant sombrero restaurant.
Our trusty steed. We couldn’t find a pole to park her up.
It really is a legendary road. Even this sign agrees.
Loads of classic old motels along this stretch of Route 66.
And gas stations that haven’t quite survived the test of time.
Crumbly old buildings are a thing too.
The Petroglyphs just outside Albuquerque were worth a visit.
Sometimes you’ve just got to put your sign collection somewhere.
This place didn’t look open anymore, but the sign was cool.
This is one of the more famous diners on Route 66.
And this is probably the most famous motel on the whole route.
One of the original Route 66 bridges.
And of course there’s a casino. I lost at least a dollar in here.
Got to love having signs to guide you on your way.
Santa Fe was on one of the versions of Route 66 (variants of the road changed over the years), so of course we had to visit.
All shops should be shaped like concrete tee-pees. This is a must-stop on the route.
As you drive through New Mexico, these signs for steak in Amarillo start popping up. They worked on us.
And to finish off, a mural! There are loads of murals throughout the states on Route 66, and they were always worth a look. This one depicts a horse hiding from his owner. You’ll have to do the drive yourself to find out where the owner is though!
Tips for Planning your own Route 66 Adventure
If you’re planning your own Route 66 adventure, we’ve got a bit of reading for you!
- First, be inspired by photos from all the states we visited, by checking our photos highlights from each Route 66 state: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri & Illinois
- Next, check out Jess’s comprehensive guide to planning a Route 66 trip
- Then, take a look out our incredibly detailed day by day Route 66 itinerary, which covers all the sights you want to see, route tips, lodging options and places to eat. We also have a shorter version of that Route 66 itinerary here.
- For New Mexico, take a look at our guide to things to do in Albuquerque, and where to eat in Albuquerque. We also have a guide to things to do in Santa Fe.
- If you’re new to driving in the US, check out my tips for driving in the US to get you started
- Not sure how much it’s all going to cost? We’ve got you covered with our guide to travel costs in the USA
- Finally, take a look at this book – the best way in our opinion to successfully navigate the entire length of Route 66 as faithfully as you can. We followed it the whole way, and even met the author, and couldn’t have done without it!