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The Tee Pee Curios
Address: 924 E. Tucumcari Blvd, Tucumcari, NM
The Tee Pee Curios in Tucumcari is much more than a simple, teepee-shaped, souvenir shop. This is a true icon of Route 66, which knew the glory days of Route 66 in its finest hours.
According to RoadsideArchitecture.com, Tee Pee Curios (often listed as TeePee) was built in 1944 as a Gulf gas station, grocery, and souvenir shop. When Route 66 was widened in 1959, the tepee entrance was added and the pumps removed. The neon sign arrived during the 1960s.
It’s not the only teepee on Route 66, but this neat little building fused onto a concrete wigwam is part of Tucumcari’s continuum of retro-photo opportunities.
Blue Swallow Motel
Address: 815 E Tucumcari Blvd, Tucumcari, NM 88401, United States
The Blue Swallow Court in Tucumcari, New Mexico, United States, is a 12-unit L-shaped motel listed on the National Register of Historic Places in New Mexico as a part of historic U.S. Route 66.
The Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, built in 1939, has one of the most spectacular panels of 66. The city is home to other legendary establishments: The Cactus Motel, Palomino or the Redwood Motel, many of which are protected and entered into the national register of historic buildings.
The smallest post office in the United States
The smallest post office in the United States can be found in Cuervo, a near-ghost town, famous throughout the country for its microscopic post antenna, sheltered inside a mobile home.
This closet-sized, 7×8-foot building used to be an irrigation pipe shed for a tomato farm. It was pressed into service after a fire destroyed the Ochopee general store — which also housed the post office — in 1953. The town, which sits on the edge of the Everglades, and which reportedly has a population of 11, has been happy with it ever since.
The Blue Hole of Santa Rosa
The Blue Hole of Santa Rosa is a circular, bell shaped pool east of Santa Rosa, New Mexico that is one of the most popular dive destinations in the US for SCUBA diving and training.
It is a geological phenomenon of rare beauty, a cavity 80 ft. deep holding a fresh and clear water lake (64 ° F continuously). Scuba is allowed. Several other bodies of water and rivers lend themselves to swimming around the stunning Santa Rosa, nicknamed “City of Natural Lakes”, like an oasis in the heart of these arid landscapes.
The Wild West Nature Park
Address: 87 N Frontage Rd, Edgewood, NM 87015, United States
Wildlife West Nature Park is a 122-acre nature park, enhanced zoo, and entertainment venue located in Edgewood, New Mexico, USA. The Park is operated by the New Mexico Wildlife Association.
Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway
Address: 30 Tramway Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122, United States
Phone: +1 505-856-7325
Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway, the longest cable car in the world, leaves the heights of Albuquerque to reach Sandia Peak after a 2.7 mile trip. It leads to the ski area of Sandia Peak Ski & Tramway, which offers breathtaking views of the majestic Rio Grande below.
A trip on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles. See some of nature’s more dramatic beauty unfold before you. At sunset the desert skies produce a spectacular array of color.