Why hello there! Welcome back to our Route 66 shenanigans.
Buckle up, we are ready to go.
Hot dog jumping frog, Albuquerque is next. Soz but another rule is you have to sing this one too! They host the International Hot Air Balloon Festival each October when the skyline is transformed into something from a fairytale. They also have lots of vintage motels & The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, where you can learn everything from the Atomic age.
We also met some of these monsters in New Mexico, worst part is they can jump. Eeek!
We drove through the dessert passing by the occasional Casino in the middle of nowhere to get to Gallup New Mexico. Gallup is home to one of our favourite hotels on Route 66, El Rancho Hotel & Motel. It’s truly not to be missed. Many of the old Hollywood stars used to stay in El Rancho such as Clarke Gable, John Wayne, Katherine Hepburn and even Ronald Regan. Their photographs line the walls. There is a restaurant, bar and a fabulous gift shop. ($120/€88 B&B for the penthouse suite)
Lobby El Rancho Hotel & Motel, Gallup, NM
Wigwam Motel, Holbrook, AZ
Fall display at one of the outlet malls.
Airplane Graveyard, Tucson, Arizona
Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson AZ
Once we finished in Tucson we made our way across Arizona towards Las Vegas as it’s over a 6 hour drive we stopped for the night in Wickenburg. We had never heard of this town but we were so glad we stopped. It’d a real cowboy town just like out of the movies. Rows of little wooden shops with porches complete with swinging benches. As we arrived at about 10pm I decided I’d try to haggle the price of the motel. Hey it worked!! We got a deal of $70/€52 instead of $120/€88 B&B.
We stayed in the Wickenburg Inn a lovely motel with an outdoor pool & Jacuzzi. They also had washing machines & dryers so we took full advantage of that!