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A Route 66 landmark in Albuquerque Courtesy Santa Monica CVB Courtesy Albuquerque CVB Road's end at the Santa Monica Pier Albuquerque , Ne w Me xico | Te iconic sights continue in Albuquerque, which has the longest stretch of vintage Route 66 architecture. "Route 66 still goes through three of our main neighborhoods," said Megan Mayo Ryan, senior communications and tourism manager for the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau. Nob Hill, Albuquerque's frst suburb, is a 15-block neighborhood that features the state's frst shopping center and dozens of hip venues inside historic buildings. "Te Jones Motor Company, today Kelly's Brew Pub, is a 1939 iconic building where groups can enjoy a large patio. More neon is being installed in this neighborhood, where they are really embracing the heritage," said Ryan. Two historic gems restored to their original splendor are in downtown. Te El Rey began as a movie house in 1941; today, this Mediterranean-style building features a variety of live music. Te KiMo Teater was a vaudeville venue in 1927 and is now a center for the performing arts. "Tis Pueblo Deco or Native American Art Deco-style building is over the top," said Ryan. "People drive by it and say, 'What is that?'" Old Town has a history dating back to 1706 and was Albuquerque's frst tourist attraction. "With galleries, restaurants and souvenirs galore, this is a great place to spend an afternoon," Ryan said. "Tere are also art, history and science museums to explore." S a n ta M o n i c a , C a l i f o r n i a | Although there is no question that Route 66 ends in Santa Monica, California, there is debate as to the exact spot where the road ofcially stops. "Te most famous sign, announcing 'End of the Trail,' stands at the Santa Monica Pier," said Jackie Alzarez, public relations coordinator for the Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Visitors can shop, eat and take a ride on their historical carousel at this venue set against the Pacifc Ocean." One of the shops on the pier, 66-to-Cali, is owned by a Route 66 afcionado who has traveled the road more than 25 times and sells only products made in the United States. A circa-1950 bronze plaque dedicating Route 66 as the Will Rogers Highway is located in Palisades Park; it commemorates this "humorist, world traveler, good neighbor" and the road he loved to travel. "While you're here, check out the beautiful rose gardens in Palisades Park," said Alzarez. A stop at the California Route 66 Museum in nearby Victorville is a must. Te museum's 5,000 square feet of exhibits showcase an impressive collection of memorabilia, from matchbooks to one of the frst 1917 Model T Fords to come of the assembly line. B A N K T R A V E L M A N A G E M E N T. C O M 37

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