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A century of history of the Mother Road in Albuquerque

Route 66 and Albuquerque have a long-standing history. Running through the heart of the city along Central Avenue, this historic highway connects travelers to some of Albuquerque’s most unique and beloved neighborhoods. Buzzing with neon signs and lowriders, you’ll find a thrilling infusion of the new and old along Route 66. 

In 2026, celebrate the Mother Road turning 100 years old in Albuquerque. Here you’ll find the longest continuous urban stretch of Route 66 in the country. Stand at the corner of Route 66 and Route 66 at the intersection of Central Avenue (Route 66) and Fourth Street in downtown Albuquerque, where the old Route 66 ran North to South through Albuquerque. By 1937, Route 66 was straightened out to run East to West along Central Avenue.

Stay tuned for updates, events and centennial celebrations!