Travel on Route 66 from Santa Fe thru Albuquerque to Gallup, New Mexico

One of our favorite segments of the Mother Road is from Santa Fe through Albuquerque and westward to Gallup, New Mexico.

One of the larger cities on Route 66 during its earlier alignments was Santa Fe in New Mexico. It passed through downtown near the historic LaFonda on the Plaza hotel, seen here in this photo.

One of the larger cities on Route 66 during its earlier alignments was Santa Fe in New Mexico. It passed near the historic LaFonda on the Plaza hotel, seen here on the right side of this photo.

 

Santa Fe remained on the original Route 66 until 1938 when the road was rerouted on a more direct route to Albuquerque.

The first route alignment of 1926-1937 ran north-south through Albuquerque. Dozens of motels, cafes, gift shops and restaurants spring up along the route. Some of these vintage motels remain, and historic neon signs still glow on old Route 66 through Albuquerque, now Central Avenue.

At Albuquerque, a final turn west took the old road to Gallup and into Arizona.

 

Vintage Views of U.S. Route 66 in Albuquerque and Gallup

We have included below a sampling of our collection of vintage travel postcards dealing with Albuquerque and Route 66. These portray the historic road in its prime and help us to visualize "yesterday" as we drive Route 66 today.

U.S. Highway 66 in New Mexico, circa 1950s
U.S. Highway 66 in New Mexico, circa 1950s

Texas Ann Court, 2305 W. Central, Albuquerque, New Mexico, on U.S. Highway 66
Texas Ann Court, 2305 W. Central, Albuquerque, New Mexico, on U.S. Highway 66

Downton Gallup, New Mexico, circa 1958
Downton Gallup, New Mexico, circa 1958

 

 

Dine and dance at Pete's Cafe, Gallup, New Mexico
Dine and dance at Pete's Cafe, Gallup, New Mexico

Hotel El Rancho, the World's Largest Ranch House, Gallup, New Mexico
Hotel El Rancho, the World's Largest Ranch House, Gallup, New Mexico


Lodging Options Along Route 66

Hotels in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Hotels in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Gallup, New Mexico

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Tips for Travelers on the Segments of Route 66 in America

Planning a Road Trip on Route 66? Here are the major segments ...

Route 66: The Mother Road - Introduction

Route 66: Chicago to Missouri

Route 66: Across Oklahoma to Amarillo

Route 66: Amarillo to Santa Fe

Route 66: Santa Fe to Gallup NM

Route 66: Gallup NM to Seligman AZ

Route 66: Seligman to Kingman AZ

Route 66: Kingman to Oatman AZ