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Tucumcari, New Mexico: Blue Swallow Motel: Route 66

Famous retro motel with neon sign, beloved by Route 66 fans. Constructed in 1939; open with 10 rooms and cafe in 1941 (two rooms added in 1948).

815 E. Route 66 Blvd, Tucumcari, NM
Right on old Route 66 in Tucumcari, about two and a half miles from I-40. East of College St., on the north side of Tucumcari Blvd/Old Route 66.
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Blue Swallow Motel.

Blue Swallow Motel: Route 66

The Blue Swallow Motel is a must stop if you find yourself traveling down Route 66. Dawn is amazing. I was given a tour and the history, and even information on my room (Room #1). This is a throwback to a better time. Absolutely love this place and the wonderful owners. Such Roadside Americana neon goodness! Hope your stay here is as good as mine!

[Mike Larson, 03/04/2023]

Sign for the Blue Swallow Motel.

Blue Swallow Motel: Route 66

The rooms are like you just stepped back in a time machine, in a good way. The Blue Swallow owners really put a lot of work into preserving this great place for us to stay. If you can't stay, stop for a photo and support small business -- buy a magnet or T-shirt in the office, they have a lot of options available of Blue Swallow merch.

[hotrodkitten28, 11/01/2022]

Easy Rider mural.

Blue Swallow Motel: Route 66

Love the murals at the Blue Swallow Motel!

[Max Droz, 08/10/2016]

The murals depict scenes and characters from the animated film Cars, and Easy Rider.

100 percent Refrigerated Air... or so the neon promises.

Blue Swallow Motel - Route 66

Stopped here this weekend on an old Corvette drive on Route 66, Chicago to LA. The motel's new owners, Nancy and Kevin Mueller, are carefully working on it. We visited quite a while with Nancy. They are from Michigan & have owned it about 11 months now. She was super sweet and gracious. The paintings in the garages are totally awesome! Support them and stay a night if you can!

[JC, 05/29/2012]

Room at the Blue Swallow Motel.

Blue Swallow Motel

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Blue Swallow Motel is a treasure on Route 66. Construction began in 1939, and the motel first opened for business in 1942, after a delay because of the outbreak of World War II.

The motel is a typical motor court of the era, built with attached garages next to each room. It features a variety of sleeping configurations, including single queen beds, two double beds, and a two-room suite with beds for up to five people. I would describe nights under the famous neon lights as "magical."

[Kevin, 03/01/2012]

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