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Posted: 11/14/19 09:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We don't mind the interstate but I'm curious what sights, and roads, you all might suggest for our upcoming trip. Thanks much.


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I'd take US-54 from Wichita to Tucumcari and get on I-40 to Albuquerque. 54 is all two land but you'll probably have it all to yourself most of the time and it was much smoother than the interstate. Close your windows and recirculate your cabin air as you go through Dalhart, TX (home to the largest feed lots I've ever run across) Tucumcari has lots of Route 66 things to see. Be sure to take in a movie at the Oden Theater and dine at Dels Restaurant. We stayed at Blaze-In-Saddle RV park on the east side of town (BL I-10).

* This post was edited 11/15/19 07:29pm by DFord *


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Posted: 11/15/19 04:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you can make a slight side trip off US54, hit Dodge City. Lots of history there.

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You are going to have to go way south to get on I10. I think he meant I40 at Tucumcari.

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Posted: 11/15/19 11:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

busyguy wrote:

You are going to have to go way south to get on I10. I think he meant I40 at Tucumcari.
x2, thumbs up on Del's also.


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Thanks for correcting me! I edited my post to correct it. I-40 runs through Tucumcari and Albuquerque.

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I10 - could have blizzard conditions/ice/wind on I-40 starting anytime now.

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DFord wrote:

I'd take US-54 from Wichita to Tucumcari and get on I-40 to Albuquerque. 54 is all two land but you'll probably have it all to yourself most of the time and it was much smoother than the interstate. Close your windows and recirculate your cabin air as you go through Dalhart, TX (home to the largest feed lots I've ever run across) Tucumcari has lots of Route 66 things to see. Be sure to take in a movie at the Oden Theater and dine at Dels Restaurant. We stayed at Blaze-In-Saddle RV park on the east side of town (BL I-10).


What he said and add the dinosaur museum in Tucumcari, well done.


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It all depends on the time of year, the weather, the amount of time you have for the trip, your interests, and what you want to experience on your trip. We just traveled US 54 from Guymon to Tucumcari two weeks ago. Very little to see or experience until Tucumcari.

Having taken multiple routes from Wichita, I personally would drive U.S. 50 to La Junta, Colorado, U.S. 350 to Trinidad, and I-25 to Albuquerque. Why would I take this route? Because I am a Western history buff and there is so much of historical interest on that route--the Santa Fe Trail, Dodge City, Bent's Fort NHS, Raton Pass, Ft. Union NHS, Glorietta Pass Civil War Battlefield, Pecos National Monument, and Santa Fe, with many of the oldest buildings in the U.S. And I would even take time for lesser known historical sites like Amache, a WWII Japanese internment camp near Granada, CO, and Boggsville, where Kit Carson died, near Las Animas.

But, if I were leading one of my car clubs on a tour, I would head south from Wichita on I-35 to Oklahoma City, then follow the remains of U.S. 66 all the way to Albuquerque. I would stop at the many iconic motels, gas stations, and restaurants along the "Mother Road" for photos of 1950's kitsch. And I would not miss the Route 66 museums in Clinton and Elk City, OK.

So, your route really depends on your primary objectives for taking the trip!


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If you have time for a layover I would highly suggest a nite at Ute Lake, it is about 20 minutes north of Tucumcari

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