Day 4: New Mexico and Arizona

We started the morning driving around a sad, desolated Tucumcari where we had previously spent the night. Since Route 66 is no longer the main route, most of the stores have become out of business, empty and lonely. There are a lot of murals on the side of both old and new buildings that are well worth the drive to check out. Tucum and Cari were two Native Americans, seen in some of the pictures below.

If you ever plan to motor west
Travel my way, the highway that’s the best.
Get your kicks on Route 66!

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We made a pit stop just outside Albuquerque.

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After NM, we made it to AZ. The views and scenery were better than the previous day. My gift from Allison as we entered Arizona was a first aid kid and (technically for Utah, but didn’t end up going that route) was an adorable Pennsylvania ring “so I never forget where I’m from.” There were no rest stops for what seemed like forever, but we eventually made it to a little restaurant at Keams Canyon. We were unsure if we would be able to make it to Grand Canyon by night, so we held off on getting a hotel. This state was the most spread out as far as rest stops, but beautiful views of the mountains and gorgeous sky.


We made it to Grand Canyon to see the sunset at Mather Point, Desert View, but it turns out, no hotel rooms left. We ended up having to get the “suite” and Canyon Plaza, too much money not worth the room. The views were gorgeous.

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We grabbed some pizza and wine from Canyon Pizza then called it a night.  We dedicated the entire next day to walking around the Grand Canyon and learning more about the park.