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 Municipal Airport is a general aviation airport east of the city, conveniently located on the north side of Interstate 40.
Amarillo International Airport is the closest airport with commercial airline service.
Albuquerque International Sunport is farther away but has many more flight connections.
Tucumcari is accessed via any one of four exits off Interstate 40. Exits 329 and 335 both connect to Tucumcari Boulevard, which runs east-west. Exit 332 and 333 connect to First Street and Mountain Street (respectively), which both run north-south.
Tucumcari Historical Museum, 416 S. Adams St., ☎ +1 575 461-4201 (email@example.com), . 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).
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).
Eastern New Mexico Art Space, 201 S 2nd Street.
Floeck's Ostrich Ranch, 3705 Quay Road 64.5, ☎ 575-461-1657, . Emu & Ostrich, eggs, hide, gift shop and more.
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.
Tucumcari Mountain Cheese Factory, 823 E Main Street, ☎ 575-461-4045.
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!
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!
Tucumcari Municipal Golf Course, 4465 Route 66, ☎ 575-461-1849, .
Historic Odeon Theatre, ☎ 575-461-0100. 1930's historic movie theater, recently renovated and modernized, including digital sound and 3D!
Mountain View Bowling, ☎ 575-461-2133.
Tucumcari Convention Center, 1500 W Route 66 Blvd, ☎ 575-461-3064, . Full service convention center with meeting rooms, a bar, Route 66 photo exhibit and the Route 66 monument.
Bluegrass Music Festival. Annual Eastern New Mexico Bluegrass Music Festival every May, with bands from around the country.
Mesalands Iron Pour. Annual Iron Pour at Mesalands Community College every March, with Bronze Artists from around the world.
Rodeos. State 4H Horse Show and Rodeo in July and Intercollegiate Rodeo in October.
Quay County Fair. Annual county fair in August, with animal exhibits and carnival.
Fired Up Festival, . Annual Fired Up Festival every September. Fire dancers, pottery, blacksmiths and other fire related displays.
Holiday Craft Fair. Annual Holiday Craft Fair each November.
Christmas Parade of Lights. Annual Christmas Parade of Lights each December. Christmas themed lighted floats along Route 66.
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!
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!
Route 66 Trade Station, . Trade shop located inside a vintage gas station. Buy, sell and trade!
Mother Road Old Time Pics, . Old time photography shop.
Contemporary Designs, . Custom handbags, collectible hot sauces, handmade art, hats, soaps, lotions, Route 66 gifts and more.
Bishop's Handmade Boots, . Custom handmade to order cowboy boots, one pair at a time!
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!
Christmas Shop of Tucumcari, . Year round Christmas shop with unique ornaments and one of a kind gifts!
Pow Wow Restaurant & Lizard Lounge, 801 W Route 66 Blvd, ☎ +1 575 461-2587, . Featuring certified Angus beef and fine New Mexican cuisine.
Circa Espresso Bar, . Espresso, tea, latte, mocha, frappucino, snacks and more.
Cornerstone Deli & Frozen Custard, . Deli sandwiches, frozen custard and marble slab ice cream.
Watson's BBQ, . Barbecue beef, sausage and ribs every Friday and Saturday!
Lizard Lounge, 801 W Route 66 Blvd, ☎ 575-461-2587.
Branding Iron, 3716 E Route 66 Blvd, ☎ 575-461-3780.
Rockin Y's Roadhouse, 1806 E. Route 66 Blvd., ☎ 575-461-3470.
Tucumcari's position along Interstate 40 and Route 66 means that it has far more motels and motor lodges than most towns its size. A small sampling:
Best Western Discovery Inn, 200 E. Estrella, +1 575 461-4884.
Blue Swallow Motel, 815 East Tucumcari Blvd., ☎ ''+1 575'' 461-9849 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: ''+1 575'' 461-9905), . Closed December-February. Rates $89.95 and up!
Comfort Inn, 2800 E. Tucumcari Blvd., +1 575 461-4099.
Empty Saddle RV Park, 2500 East Tucumcari Blvd, ☎ ''+1 575'' 461-8623 (email@example.com, fax: ''+1 575'' 461-3134), . $20/night.
Hampton Inn, 3409 E. Tucumcari , +1 575 461-1111.
Microtel Inn Tucumcari, 2420 S. 1st St., +1 575 461-0600.
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!From $45.
Rodeway Inn East, 1023 E. Tucumcari Blvd., +1 575 461-4444.
Kiva RV Park, 1416 E. Route 66 Blvd., ☎ 575-461-1561, . The Friendliest RV Park on Route 66! Full Service RV Park with level pull thrus, 30-50 amp service, Free Cable and Wi-Fi, shaded with trees and more...
Holiday Inn Express, 2624 S. Adams, ☎ 575-461-3459. Free Breakfast & WIFI
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