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Day 6: Amarillo TX to Tucumcari NM

Route 66: Day 6 Amarillo TX to Tucumcari NM

Postcard from Tucumcari New Mexico

The shortest and nicest leg so far. 126 easy miles, crossing the midpoint from Chicago to LA, with mostly blue sky and not a drop of rain.
With the desert getting closer, the landscape became more dramatic and the roads a tad more broken.

I probably should stop taking pictures of gas stations, diners and motels signs but they make me smile every single time, I won’t stop.

The motel I am staying has a 60s theme
that makes you feel like putting on your best shiny dancing shoes and hit the city. But Tucumcari is hardly a city and I only have my worn out Converse All Star with me. I guess a New Mexico beer or two while reading on the balcony will be a valid alternative.

Also: “It’s science bitch!


Route66: amarillo to tucumcari: Cadillac Ranch
Route66: the Cadillac Ranch between Amarillo and Tucumcari.


Driving from Amarillo to Tucumcari Cheat Sheet

Accommodation in Tucumcari, NM

  • Roadrunner Lodge1023 East Route 66 Boulevard, Tucumcari, NM, 88401. Tons of beautiful motels in Tucumcari. This is one of those.

Where to eat and what to see between Amarillo TX and Tucumcari, NM

  • Cadillac Ranch13651 I-40 Frontage Rd, Amarillo, TX 79124, a must see on the Route 66
  • Hickory Inn Cafe1004 Vega Blvd, Vega, TX 79092, another iconic diner worth a stop.
  • Route 66 MidPoint, 301 I-40, Adrian, TX 79001. You made it half way. Take a picture!
  • Route 66 MidPoint Cafe, 305 Historic Rte 66, Adrian, TX 79001


Route 66: a cafe between Amarillo and Tucumcari
Route 66: a cool cafe between Amarillo and Tucumcari

Driving from Amarillo to Tucumcari FAQ

How many miles are from Amarillo to Tucumcari?

There are 126 miles from Amarillo to Tucumcari

How long does it take to drive from Amarillo to Tucumcari?

It takes as little as 2 hours to drive from Amarillo to Tucumcari. I spent some time both at the Route 66 MidPoint cafe and at the Cadillac Ranch

What’s the best thing about driving from Amarillo to Tucumcari?

Driving from Amarillo to Tucumcari is a easy, pleasant and relatively short drive with a few Route 66 iconic places on the way.

What are the major attractions along the way in a road trip from Amarillo to Tucumcari?

There are two major attractions between Amarillo and Tucumcari: the Route 66 MidPoint and the iconic Cadillac Ranch.

What type of car is best to drive from Amarillo to Tucumcari?

You can easily drive from Amarillo to Tucumcari with any car. The road are well maintained and paved.

Can you drive an electric car from Amarillo to Tucumcari?

Yes you can. You just need a little bit of additional planning to find an EV charger. Before leaving for Tucumcari, make sure your EV is enough charged. There are 51 public EV charging stations ports in Amarillo.
Here some EV charging station available in Amarillo :
– Tesla Supercharger, 8231 W Amarillo Blvd, Amarillo, TX 79124
– Electrify America Charging Station, 8952 Westgate Pkwy W, Amarillo, TX 79124. Phone: (833) 632-2778
– ChargePoint Charging Station, 4701 S Soncy Rd, Amarillo, TX 79119. Phone: (888) 758-4389


Route 66 pictures: photos taken from Amarillo to Tucumcari

Route 66: another abandoned gas station between Amarillo and Tucumcari
Route 66: another abandoned gas station between Amarillo and Tucumcari

Route 66: the mid point between Chicago and LA
Route 66: the mid point between Chicago and LA

Route 66: Amarillo to Tucumcari: it is science, bitch!
Driving the Route 66: feeling like in a Breaking Bad episode. It’s science bitch!

Route 66: Amarillo to Tucumcari, empty roads ahead.
Route 66: Amarillo to Tucumcari, empty roads ahead.

Route 66: Amarillo to Tucumcari. another cool motel
Route 66: Amarillo to Tucumcari. another cool motel

Route 66: Amarillo to Tucumcari. another cool motel in Tucumcari
Route 66: Amarillo to Tucumcari. another cool motel in Tucumcari

Route 66: Amarillo to Tucumcari. the Roadrunner Lodge in Tucumcari
Route 66: Amarillo to Tucumcari. the Roadrunner Lodge in Tucumcari

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