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albuquerque to las vegas

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albuquerque to las vegas

we are flying into albuqueque and want to drive part of the route 66 to las vegas (nevada) hopefully next month

we were thinking of route 66 casino - how far is this from the airport

would appreciate any info on weather, routes,type of car hire, hotels stays on the way to vegas, what to see on the way - would only want to drive 2-4hours per day

i know this is vague but any info would be great as this would be our first time driving in USA - thanks

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1. Re: albuquerque to las vegas

Go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble; look up for Rt. 66. There are small maps and info on the route titled "Here It Is". This is a state by state route with lots of great info, and directions that are easy to follow. I have info. on the New Mexico section only that I've developed by driving the old road several times. I can't send it by computer but would be glad to run off a copy and send it to you.

As to Route 66 Casino. When you leave Albuq. airport, get on 25 north, take the Central Ave (Rt. 66) exit, turn left, and stay on Central all the way to the end of the city at the top of "9 mile Hill". At the top of the hill. cross over I-40, don't take the on ramp to the interstate. The frontage road is the old highway and you can take it all the way to the Rio Puerco exit where the Casino is. Notice the old bridge on your left. That is the old road.

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I would guesstimate that the Route 66 Casino & Hotel are about 25 miles from the Albuquerque Sunport...following the instructions previously supplied. Unfortunately, relatively few of the remaining segments of old Route 66 (Central Ave. through Albuquerque) remain since the arrival of Interstate 40, but there are sideroads from I-40 across New Mexico and Arizona to the former little towns that once were booming tourist spots in the 1950's and 60's. There are some restored Route 66 motels still around in various towns, as well as some period restaurants still in business. Do your research, and you will have a much more enjoyable trip.

Traveling west from Albuquerque you could visit the Acoma Pueblo, El Morro National Monument (inscription rock) on a side trip, Petrified Forest National Park and adjoining Painted Desert, Meteor Crater, and Walnut Canyon National Monument just before Flagstaff. I hope you are taking in the Grand Canyon. West of Williams, AZ there are longer segments of Route 66 still remaining until the turnoff to Las Vegas.

FYI: The speed limit on I-40 is 75mph. If you drive that, you'd be best to pull over into the "slow" right lane of this 4-lane highway. With your planned slow, and short days (we are used to 8-10 hour daily drives)...you'll be able to peruse each small community along the way. Enjoy yor tirp to the Southwest.

Edited: 13 February 2011, 02:12
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thanks for the repliew so far

which month would you advise to do this? - we cannot bear heat much above 80's

thanks

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Just some quick notes.

1. There is a forum for Road Trips. You might try posting there for more suggestions. And maybe re-post in both AZ and NM using Route 66 in your post title. With distances and your desire to drive only 2-4 hours per day, you may find you are on I-40 more than you think (and maybe driving more than you planned), but can find sections of the old Route 66 along the way. There are guides. Also, you may want to consider venturing into Navajo and Hopi lands along the way.

2. Route 66 Casino is nice enough and may be good start. An "Indian Casino". Smallish. It's 18 miles west of ABQ, 9 miles west of Nine Mile Hill. The Route 66 theme is found in lobby and casino, but that's about it.

3. You already know Las Vegas. That will be hottest spot by far. High altitude here and northern AZ. March should not be problem with heat. Winds may be factor.

4. Others may have suggestions about Gallup, Winslow, etc. along the way. Flagstaff may also be nice stop for you. I also hear there's some good section of old 66 in Kingman, but may be a bit of detour from turn off toward Vegas. There's a couple of ways to get to Vegas from Kingman. I usually hightail up 93 to go over Hoover Dam. You could also cross over to Bullhead City and Laughlin.

5. I'd take up SandiaMan on his notes.

Edited: 15 February 2011, 12:13
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While I think of it: I'm not crazy about Central west of town, and I'd naturally take I-4o to 66 Casino. But, really, you ought to drive as much of Central as you can while in ABQ. Beginning with a pieces of Old 66 in Tijeras Canyon east of ABQ, Central goes all the way through ABQ on old 66 route. Can get some glimpses here and there, especially Nob Hill, Downtown, and and near the river. There is also an even older alignment of 66 that takes you south and north.

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Temperature is in the 80's now in NM. Las Vegas will be even more hotter, 90's - 100's. Late winter/early spring would probably be your best travel times

Edited: 09 May 2011, 12:59
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