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I40 from Little Rock to Albuquerque: any recommendations for food, lodging, sightseeing?

I40 from Little Rock to Albuquerque: any recommendations for food, lodging, sightseeing?

Feb 24th, 2008, 09:29 AM
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I40 from Little Rock to Albuquerque: any recommendations for food, lodging, sightseeing?

Hi Fodorites!

I bought a comfortable car this year and DH suggested a road trip. Sounds good to me. We tossed around a few overly ambitious ideas, mapped them out, and became discouraged.

Finally, we've picked the Land of Enchantment: New Mexico! I've always wanted to go there. I sent off for the state's Dept of Tourism info and I have lots of great plans for what to see and do there.

I am mapping my trip on an AAA on-line Trip-Tik, it's a pretty good tool. We start from Atlanta and there's a lot to see and do from ATL to Little Rock. Then I get bogged down.

Here's my concern: If you were driving from Little Rock to Albuquerque, what stops would you make? What detours do you recommend? Notable food, museums, small towns, scenic glory along the way? Logical spend-the-night at a point of interest?

Oklahoma City looks interesting with its riverfront and the cowboy museum.

Yes, we will look at recommendations to get off the interstate.While our vacation destination is New Mexico, I love scenic byways.

We plan to be on the road for four to five weeks. April-May.

I am very interested in hearing from anyone who lives or has traveled through area. Thank you for your help.
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Feb 24th, 2008, 11:18 AM
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Do go to Oklahoma city - the cowboy museum is really worth a visit. We really enjoyed it.
If you look at some of the websites for Old Route 66 they will give you plenty of ideas of places to visit from there on to ABQ.
If you like horses then a visit to the quarterhorse museum in Amarillo is interesting. Palo Duro Canyon is lovely too. And of course the Cadillac ranch is worth quick a stop!
Can I suggest a visit to Las Vegas NM too. Maybe stay a night at the Plaza hotel?
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Feb 25th, 2008, 10:31 AM
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Thank you Hetismij, that's a great suggestion. I will look into some of the Historic Route 66 pages--there are a lot of them out there.

I don't know anything about Las Vegas, NM, but I remember seeing it featured in a travel article in the NY Times not long ago.

This trip is starting to take shape--Good!
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Feb 25th, 2008, 10:47 AM
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Bricktown area is on the interstate and has several good places to eat. Big Texan in Amarillo is touristy, but IMOP, everyone should eat there once.
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Feb 25th, 2008, 12:16 PM
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OKC is a great place to visit. Another vote for Palo Duro State Park, TX
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