Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumcari
The Blue Swallow is one of the most well-known and easily recognisable motels along Route 66, largely due to its wonderful neon sign. Built in 1939, the Blue Swallow perfectly encapsulates the classic route 66 feel. A particularly charming feature is that every room has its own adjoining garage.
The rooms themselves are retro but cosy, clean and well kept, and the showers are very powerful. The owners are clearly proud of their motel and, upon arrival, showed us to our room to check that everything was to our satisfaction.
The neon sign itself is in excellent condition and really is beautiful and eye-catching at night - it must be one of the most photographed signs along the whole route. The motel is very photogenic - even if you're not lucky enough to be able to get a room it's certainly worth a stop in Tucumcari to stretch your legs and take a few pics.
The town itself - Tucumcari - is very peaceful and a typical historic Route 66 town. The Motel is a short walking distance from the gloriously neon-lit Tee Pee Curios souvenir shop (a route 66 icon in it's own right), Mesalands Dinosaur Museum and several places to eat/drink.
Stay in the Blue Swallow if you want an authentic taste of old route 66 on your vacation, but be warned that if you're travelling during the summer months you'd be best to book this one in advance as it's a particularly popular stop.