Route 66 Part 2...Tulsa OK to Lupton AZ.
Heading further west on 66 we reach Sante Fe, NM..Santa Fe Loop of Route 66 The original alignment of Route 66 between 1926 and 1937 went from Santa Rosa to Albuquerque via Romeroville, Bernal, Pecos, Santa Fe, Santo Domingo, Algodones and Bernalillo. It was bypassed in 1937 with the "Santa Fe Cut Off" which shortened the alignment via Moriarty. Santa Fe combines Spanish Colonial and Native American Pueblo culture and history. Arts, crafts, food and amazing outdoors on an iconic Route 66 city. Downtown Sante Fe, NM. The historic downtown of Santa Fe, protected since the last century, is exclusively made up of small adobe buildings like the one depicted. This is one of the most charming cities along Route 66, absolutely worth a visit at the end of an - admittedly long - detour through the mountains, following the oldest alignment of Route 66 dating back to 1926, which was abandoned in 1937 - the vehicles of the time could barely handle it. The Santa Fe Plaza, the main square of the capital of New Mexico, which arranges itself around the Palace of the Governors and is flanked by ravishing, small adobe buildings in the Spanish pueblo style.
The Santa Fe Trail was a 19th-century transportation route through central North America that connected Franklin, Missouri with Santa Fe, New Mexico. Pioneered in 1821 by William Becknell, who departed from the Boonslick region along the Missouri River, the trail served as a vital commercial highway until the introduction of the railroad to Santa Fe in 1880. Santa Fe was near the end of the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, which carried trade from Mexico City.
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