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Trip Guide: Tucumcari
Vibrant murals, charming motels, and neon nightlife celebrate Route 66.
POPULATION :: 4,915
ELEVATION :: 4,091′
WEB :: tucumcarinm.com
CONTACT :: 575-461-1694
The neon signs of quirky motels and souvenir shops once illuminated Historic Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. That heartbeat still pulses in Tucumcari, where historic preservation and a love of car culture combine for a delightful getaway. The Route 66 Museum brims with signs, gas pumps, jukeboxes, and classic cars, and a drive or stroll down the main drag will tempt you with a variety of lodging and restaurant options.
Throughout town, you’ll spy more than 100 murals depicting past lives and new ones. (Pick up a walking-tour brochure at the Chamber of Commerce.)
Above: Tucumcari's Blue Swallow Hotel. Photograph courtesy of City of Tucumcari.
And for a trip to the far, far past, pop into Mesalands Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory, where children and adults delight in the fossils recovered nearby. Visit during May’s Rawhide Days or June’s Rockin’ on Route 66 for a weekend’s worth of high-octane fun.
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