Route 66: Santa Fe to Amarillo

Route 66: Santa Fe to Amarillo

After two nights in Santa Fe, we get back on Route 66 headed east. This will be another full day of driving to make it all the way to Amarillo, but it’s an adventure as we drive through changing terrain, stop to check out roadside attractions and encounter a colorful local. Read more

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Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi: 7 Fascinating Facts

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi: 7 Fascinating Facts

One of the things we enjoy doing in our travels is visiting old churches, especially unique small chapels or ornate cathedrals and basilicas. While not as old as some European churches, we’ve found many beautiful North American basilicas with interesting histories, including the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Here are some interesting facts about the basilica. Read more

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Native American Market at Palace of the Governors

Native American Market at Palace of the Governors

Native American artisans set up shop daily on the portal of Santa Fe, New Mexico’s Palace of the Governors, the oldest continuously occupied building in the United States. Expertly crafted southwestern-style jewelry, pottery, and wood carvings are displayed atop cloths on the ground in the artisans’ designated three-and-a-half foot spaces in the covered portal. Read more

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The Miraculous Staircase of Loretto Chapel

The Miraculous Staircase of Loretto Chapel

Have you ever heard about a place as a child that so impressed you that it made it onto your adulthood places-to-see list? The Miraculous Staircase of Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is one of those places for me. I wanted to see it ever since I learned about it in my Catholic grammar school. Five decades later, during our Route 66 road trip, I finally got there. Read more

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Route 66: Gallup to Santa Fe

Route 66: Gallup to Santa Fe

Route 66 originally passed through Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico. In 1938 a realignment changed the route to run between Albuquerque and Santa Rosa, bypassing Santa Fe and cutting off 90 miles from the route. There are two stories behind the realignment. One story is that it was a better engineering decision; the other is a story of political revenge. Read more

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Route 66: Williams to Gallup

Route 66: Williams to Gallup

We’re on the road early following our Saturday night in Williams, Arizona. We have a detour to make before we continue on Route 66, a 300 mile round trip detour south on I-17 to Phoenix to deliver some items to a family member.

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Route 66: Seligman to Williams

Route 66: Seligman to Williams

As we drive east from Seligman, Arizona, toward Williams on the longest stretch of uninterrupted Route 66, we come across a series of Burma Shave signs. Burma Shave signs were popular in the Route 66 heyday. The series of sequential signs posted humorous poems, and the last sign always advertised Burma Shave shaving cream. Retro Burma Shave signs have popped up here and there along Historic Route 66. Since there is no traffic around us, we take the opportunity to capture these. Read more

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