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Often referred to as New Mexico’s Native American capital, this one time railroad town is the largest city between Albuquerque and Flagstaff, Arizona, and maintains a Route 66 Americana charm. Originally established in 1881, when the railroad arrived, Gallup’s zenith was the great road tripping days of the 1950s, when Route 66 was the Main Street of America, an important pit-stop on the famous drive from Chicago to Los Angeles. Today the small city just outside the Navajo nation is home to a mixture of gracefully aging old hotels, faded billboards, modern day galleries and kitschy restaurants. Gallup’s proximity to the Navajo Nation makes it ...

Often referred to as New Mexico’s Native American capital, this one time railroad town is the largest city between Albuquerque and Flagstaff, Arizona, and maintains a Route 66 Americana charm. Originally established in 1881, when the railroad arrived, Gallup’s zenith was the great road tripping days of the 1950s, when Route 66 was the Main Street of America, an important pit-stop on the famous drive from Chicago to Los Angeles. Today the small city just outside the Navajo nation is home to a mixture of gracefully aging old hotels, faded billboards, modern day galleries and kitschy restaurants. Gallup’s proximity to the Navajo Nation makes it a main artery of New Mexico’s Native American Community. The presence of Navajo, Zuni, Hopi and other Native American tribes enriches the native arts, ceremonies, jewelry and cuisine in this blend of cultures. Gallup is capitalizing on its copious outdoor attractions, and a growing number of mountain bikers and rock climbers come to test their skills on surrounding foothills, dusty buttes and mesa tops.

Aaron Anderson
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Aaron Anderson is coauthor of Lonely Planet's Washington, D.C. City Guide, a contributor on western states to Lonely Planet USA, and he wrote the Austria chapters for Lonely Planet's Western Europe and Europe on a Shoestring.

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