The neon lit front of the retro Blue Swallow Motel along Route 66.

Exploring the Spirit of Route 66 in New Mexico

Though officially decommissioned, Route 66 (now traced by I-40) is still alive in New Mexico in the form of neon signs and cruising culture. Hit the road, preferably in a convertible, and check out these retro sights.

Apache Crown Dancers performing at the 92nd Inter-Tribal Ceremonial in Gallup,NM.

Native American New Mexico, Ancient and Modern

Even if you’re visiting only a small area on your trip, there’s a lot of American Indian history to see in and around each place in New Mexico—but definitely try to schedule a visit around a dance ceremony at a pueblo, as this will give you the most memorable impression of the living culture.