Get your kicks on Route 66!
Lots of Americans dream of hitting the open road and completing the famous Route 66. Diners, strange parks and legendary truck stops make this a trip of a lifetime.

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Chasing the Sun on Route 66

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For the countless road-trippers who still follow the old 'Mother Road' through the western U.S., Albuquerque is one of the highlights. Much of the modern city might seem indistinguishable from suburban anywhere, but if you're on your way to the heart of the Spanish settlement of the early 1700's, Route 66 will get you there.

Through town, the highway is known as Central Avenue, and the architecture and public art that line it are vibrant. Downtown is being revitalized; even if you're eager to drive off in to the sunset, it's worth lingering here for a while.

To find this particular mural, walk just west of the Central & 2nd intersection; "Passing the Torch/Pasando la Antorcha" is on the eastern side of an old bank building that was originally a saloon...The downtown core is just east of I-25.

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by Joseph Cyr
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