Tucumcari is a small town in northeasternNew Mexico, United States of America. It is located along Interstate 40 and is the first town of significance in New Mexico if driving west from Texas along that route. The town is a highlight for those following the former Route 66, as it contains a large amount of Route 66-era neon and colorful signs.
Tucumcari is one of the historic wide-spots-in-the-road along Route 66 across the United States, which follows Interstate 40 in this region. It is about 1 hour and 40 minutes west of Amarillo, and 2 hours and 40 minutes east of Albuquerque by way of I-40. This section of I-40 was one of the last Interstate highway sections to become 4-lane, limited-access, but it's now good road and should be open in all but the worst winter conditions.
Tucumcari is accessed via any one of four exits off Interstate 40. Exits 329 and 335 both connect to Tucumcari Boulevard, also known as Route 66 Boulevard, which runs east-west. Exit 332 and 333 connect to First Street and Mountain Street (respectively), which both run north-south.
Mesalands Dinosaur Museum, 222 East Laughlin Street, ☎ +1 575 461-3466, . March 1 - Labor Day: Tu-Sa 10AM-6PM; Labor Day - February 28/29: Tu-Sa 12PM-5PM. Dinosaur exhibits, children's activities and educational gift shop.$5.50/4.50/3.50/3.00/Free (Adults/Seniors/Children 5-11/College Students/Children under 5). edit
Tucumcari Historical Museum, 416 S. Adams St., ☎ +1 575 461-4201 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Memorial Day-Labor Day: M-Sa 8AM-6PM; Labor Day-Memorial Day M-F 8AM-6PM. Tucumcari, Quay County and surrounding area historical exhibits and displays, including a Route 66 exhibit.$2/.50 (Adults/Children). edit
Wall Murals, . Tucumcari has over 50 wall murals throughout town and painted vintage gas stations. Mural tour maps are available at the Tucumcari Chamber of Commerce.edit
Route 66 Monument. See the world famous Route 66 monument in front of the Tucumcari Convention Center. A Route 66 tailfin sculpture meant to evoke the golden age of the automobile!edit
Mesalands Iron Pour. Annual Iron Pour at Mesalands Community College every March, with Bronze Artists from around the world.edit
Bluegrass Music Festival. Annual Eastern New Mexico Bluegrass Music Festival every May, with bands from around the country.edit
Rockabilly on the Route, . Route 66 and New Mexico's largest annual Rockabilly event with bands from around the world, a classic car show, burnout contest, pin-up contest and Route 66 parade. First full weekend in June!edit
Rodeos. State 4H Horse Show and Rodeo in July and Intercollegiate Rodeo in October.edit
Quay County Fair. Annual county fair in August, with animal exhibits and carnival.edit
Fired Up Festival, . Annual Fired Up Festival every September. Fire dancers, pottery, blacksmiths and other fire related displays.edit
Holiday Craft Fair. Annual Holiday Craft Fair each November.edit
Christmas Parade of Lights. Annual Christmas Parade of Lights each December. Christmas themed lighted floats along Route 66.edit
Historic Odeon Theatre, ☎ 575-461-0100. 1930's historic movie theater, recently renovated and modernized, including digital sound and 3D!edit
Tepee Curios, 924 E Route 66 Blvd, ☎ 575-461-3773, . Last of the original Route 66 curio shops in New Mexico, don't miss it!edit
Tucumcari Trading Post on Route 66, 1900 W Route 66 Blvd, ☎ 575-461-3889, . Antiques, collectibles, petroliana, porcelain signs, native jewelry, western relics and more. If you can't find it, you don't need it!edit
Route 66 Trade Station, . Trade shop located inside a vintage gas station. Buy, sell and trade!edit
Mother Road Old Time Pics, . Old time photography shop.edit
Contemporary Designs, . Custom handbags, collectible hot sauces, handmade art, hats, soaps, lotions, Route 66 gifts and more.edit
Bishop's Handmade Boots, . Custom handmade to order cowboy boots, one pair at a time!edit
Tucumcari Ranch Supply, . An original town and country general store. Everything from cowboy boots and hats, to western wear clothing and even the kitchen sink!edit
Christmas Shop of Tucumcari, . Year round Christmas shop with unique ornaments and one of a kind gifts!edit
JX Ranch Natural Beef, . Natural free range beef from a real working cattle ranch!edit
Roadrunner Lodge, 1023 E Route 66 Boulevard, ☎ +1 575 282-7866 (email@example.com), . checkin: 4pm; checkout: 10AM. Luxury for a bargain! Lovingly restored throughout 2014 and 2015, Roadrunner Lodge was originally built as Leatherwood Manor in 1964. Roadrunner Lodge features 1960s swank with modern conveniences such as plush eurotop mattresses, thick towels, HDTV with over 120 satellite channels, free high speed Wi-Fi internet, and cold A/C. Frequently compared to 4 and 5 star properties one can find in larger cities, Roadrunner Lodge might just be the best rest available on the entire route.$66 and up. edit
Motel Safari, 722 East Route 66, ☎ +1 575 461-1048 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. World famous Motel Safari est. 1959 classic motor court lodging with today's modern amenities, squeaky clean rooms and the best beds on the Mother Road! Sealy Posturepedic pillowtop mattresses, down pillows, 32 inch flat panel TV's, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and on-line reservations.$45 & Up!. edit
JX Guest Ranch, . Bunk houses on a real working cattle ranch!edit
Best Western Discovery Inn, 200 E. Estrella, +1 575 461-4884.
Blue Swallow Motel, 815 East Tucumcari Blvd., ☎ ''+1 575'' 461-9849 (email@example.com, fax: ''+1 575'' 461-9905), . Closed December-February. Rates $89.95 and up!edit
Comfort Inn, 2800 E. Tucumcari Blvd., +1 575 461-4099.
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