Because it runs almost 2,500 miles across the United States, there's wisdom in traveling U.S. Route 66 in bites. Such a strategy not only makes it easier to fit into the typical one- or two-week vacation, but it allows you to take a slower pace to enjoy more of the landscape both directly alongside, and nearby, this iconic highway. If your focus is the Land of Enchantment, a good guide for such a trip is New Mexico Kicks On Route 66.
Pecos National Historical Park
Now that New Mexico's Glorieta Pass Civil War Battlefield has an interpretive trail, visitors can take self-guided tours of the place where the “Gettysburg of the West” was fought.