the best ways to experience Route 66 in Albuquerque

Route 66 Albuquerque

Route 66 in Albuquerque has helped road trippers from all over the world get their kicks since 1926 ! This historic highway, also known as the “Mother Road,” passes right through Albuquerque and boasts the longest urban stretch of the original route. During your travels on this bucket-list worthy road, you’ll find some of Albuquerque’s top dining, shopping, and places to explore. Here is your ultimate guide to Route 66 in Albuquerque and things you’ll want to see along the way!

Route 66 in Albuquerque is just one of the many things to do during your stay at the Bottger Mansion. Request your free copy of our Vacation Guide for even more local attractions, entertainment, and other activities that you won’t want to miss.

Route 66 in Albuquerque history

The famous Route 66 was first established in 1926 and ran over 1,200 miles through eight states from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California. During its journey through the Southwest, the road made an “S” shape that connected major New Mexico cities including Albuquerque and Santa Fe. While most of the original road is overtaken by Interstate-40, you can still find sections of the original road in various locations, especially Albuquerque!

things to do on Route 66 in Albuquerque

  1. Dine at the Route 66 Diner

This whimsical 50’s-inspired eatery is one of today’s most famous Route 66’s attractions. The Route 66 Albuquerque Diner provides authentic 50’s-inspired fare such as juicy burgers, sandwiches, and amazing milkshakes. It’s the perfect place to stop and refuel before continuing on your Albuquerque adventures. Their ice cream sundaes are to die for!

  1. Go Shopping in Nob Hill

Nob Hill is a historic Art Deco area that covers a mile-long portion of Route 66. With unique shops, boutiques, and restaurants, this vibrant community is a must-see during your trip along Route 66. The Nob Hill Shopping Center has something for everyone! From retro bags to toys, books, games, jewelry, candles, and cards, you’ll find it all.

  1. Enjoy a Show at the Kimo Theater

The Kimo Theater is a historic city icon that was built to showcase vaudeville acts. If you have a deep appreciation for theater, music, and film, you won’t want to leave it off your list! Its incredible Pueblo Deco architecture has also wowed theatergoers and inspired architects from all over the region since 1927.

  1. Wander Through Old Town Albuquerque

Old Town Albuquerque is one of the only spots in the Duke City that retains the city’s historic charm and Southwest culture. It’s also the home of our beautiful Bottger Mansion bed & breakfast! During your stroll through town, you’ll be sure to find a variety of unique restaurants, shops, art galleries, and Albuquerque’s most spectacular museums.

Interested in even more Route 66 in Albuquerque attractions? Be sure to visit the website for a map and other incredible places to see.

continue your Route 66 adventure at the Bottger Mansion 

King bed in Route 66 Suite at Bottger Mansion
Route 66 Suite at the Bottger Mansion

While there are many options for places to stay in Albuquerque, true memories are made when you forgo the typical hotels and opt for a unique experience. The Bottger Mansion of Old Town offers just that! Our historic bed & breakfast, located in the heart of Old Town, is a favorite for travelers, and for good reason! We provide comfortable rooms, outstanding amenities, and friendly hospitality.

One of our guest rooms, the Route 66 Suite, even provides views of the historic highway and memorabilia from the heyday of Route 66.

You’ll also enjoy a warm, delicious breakfast served first thing in the morning to start your day off right. Explore the many attractions of Albuquerque or simply relax in the peace and quiet of our cozy inn. It’s everything you need and more to make memories that will last a lifetime! Book your next getaway with us today. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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