Experience the magic and beauty of the Southwest in one long weekend! Drive some of the best miles of Route 66. Taste and feel the culture of the ancients as we tour through several Native American pueblos. Visit hard-to-reach relics along the Mother Road. Learn about the 1920s-era navigation arrows and beacon towers that air mail pilots used to deliver the mail. And stay at historic hotels every night.
You just can’t pack more history and culture into four days!
While we know every inch of 66, we are not ashamed to say that New Mexico and Arizona are our wheelhouse. We love this section. We explore it frequently. We know it like the backs of our hands.
And so will you after this tour.
On Day 1, we will gather in Albuquerque, check in to our hotel, tour the historic Old Town area, take a walking tour of Downtown, and then all dine together before turning in.
The next morning, Day 2, we will grab breakfast at a downtown cafe, and then start our journey southward along El Camino Real in our private vehicles, the oldest road in New Mexico. This route, which connected Santa Fe with Mexico City, ultimately became the National Old Trails Road in 1912, and ten Route 66 in 1926. We’ll travel to Los Lunas, and then head west along modern NM 6, which also served as Route 66 until 1937. Along our way to Gallup that night, we’ll see both the Laguna and Acoma Pueblos, basking in the culture of the ancient pueblos civilizations.
On Day 3, we’ll venture westward into Arizona, with Winslow our ultimate destination. On this day we will visit some amazing relics from Route 66’s storied past, as well as the Painted Desert and nearby lands that were populated by ancient coniferous forests. This will be a day to remember, because you will experience things that most 66ers seldom see. We’ll end the day at La Posada in Winslow, the famed Harvey House hotel designed outside and inside by Mary Coulter. Dinner will be there at the Turquoise Room.
On Day 4, we will dine at the Turquoise Room once more, and then start our journey back to Albuquerque. We’ll stop to see at least one of the concrete navigation arrow and beacon tower sites built in the 1920s to aid air mail delivery, along with other obscure 66 locations.
Lodging on Day 4 is optional and at your expense, but we will all gather one last time for dinner before going our own ways.
Details: Registration deadline Sept 8, 2017!
Sept 15: Arrive Albuquerque NM; tour Old Town and Downtown
Sept 16: Gallup NM via Old Route 66; Laguna and Acoma Pueblos,
Sept 17: Winslow AZ; Route 66 relics; Petrified Forest National Park
Sept 18: Return to Albuquerque NM; includes navigation arrows and beacon tower sites; Grants