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Route 66 Tours

Route 66 diner by Thomas M. LaRose - Visit original Route 66 towns.

(4 hours, 4.2 miles/6.7 kilometers)
Discover how the west was won as you drive through Albuquerque along the Mother Road. Follow the Red tour on the map.

Download the Route 66 Self-Guided Tours Map (PDF)

Historic Nob Hill District
Include Nob Hill in your historic Route 66 travel plans. One of the first centralized shopping areas west of the Mississippi, Nob Hill is now a thriving residential and commercial district, housing boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. See Nob Hill for more information.

University of New Mexico
Founded in 1889, UNM is the state's largest university with over 32,000 students. Featuring Pueblo Revival architecture, and relaxing ponds and landscaping, the campus also houses museums: the Fine Arts Museum, the Johnson Gallery of Contemporary Art, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, and the Museum of Geology & Meteoritics. See Midtown/University for more information.

Downtown—The District
With the Central Corridor at its core, The District is coming to life: new restaurants, upscale retail, a 14-screen movie theater, and dynamic arts and music scenes. See Downtown, one of the original Route 66 towns.

Alvarado Transportation Center
Built on the grounds and in the style of the majestic Alvarado Hotel, the center is Albuquerque's hub for ground transportation. The passenger intermodal facility also houses transportation memorabilia. First Street and Central Ave.


Crossroads Mall
The Crossroads Mall, at Fourth Street and Central Avenue, commemorates the intersection of Route 66 and US Highway 85.


KiMo Theatre and Art Gallery
This beautiful historic theater, which recently underwent an extensive renovation, was originally built to house vaudeville acts. It is famous for its Pueblo Deco architecture, which can be particularly noticed in the murals and plaster ceilings. See the KiMo Theatre for more information.


Historic Old Town
The center of the original Villa of Albuquerque, Old Town's quaint streets now house a variety of southwestern shops, restaurants and art galleries. See Old Town for more information.
For more assistance with your self-guided tour, get the Route 66 map download.