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Old 04-17-2016, 08:54 PM   #1
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What's to see on I-40?

Albuquerque NM to Nashville TN. Travelling on I-40 but looking for any alternative off-interstate places to visit, sights to see, places you visited (or wish you had) off I-40? The interstate is fast and straight, but except for lots of truck company, not too much to see. We've done the Route 66 in the past; is there more? Appreciate whatever you have to suggest.

Right now cooling heels in Albuquerque awaiting an exhaust manifold fix, but, hopefully, on the road before to much longer.

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If you like wineries, exit 41 in Arkansas is for the town of Altus. Wiederkehr Village, Post, and Mount Bethel are my favorites, and my favorite favorite is Mount Bethel. None of them are too far off the highway.

Stay overnight at Lake Dardanelle State Park at the Russellville exit 78.
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Old 04-17-2016, 10:13 PM   #3
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We used 40 to Tour Rt.66
The Arizona-New Mexico stretch was spectacular

POI...the B&W taken at the Bagdad Cafe

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Old 04-18-2016, 12:25 AM   #4
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As Robert Cross said, Route 66! Much of I-40 from central OK to CA replaced or roughly paralleled Route 66, so there are lots of quirky little attractions and things to pull off for a bit and see. I can't recall anything earth shattering, but there were plenty of places that made a nice, short break from the interstate. I'd suggest checking out one of the numerous Route 66 guides for ideas.
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What's to see on I-40?

On one of our many trips across I-40 we pulled off the newer interstate, drove for a while on the original 'mother road' just so we could say we drove on it. I still have the tee shirt.


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As Robert Cross said, Route 66! Much of I-40 from central OK to CA replaced or roughly paralleled Route 66, so there are lots of quirky little attractions and things to pull off for a bit and see. I can't recall anything earth shattering, but there were plenty of places that made a nice, short break from the interstate. I'd suggest checking out one of the numerous Route 66 guides for ideas.
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On one of our many trips across I-40 we pulled off the newer interstate, drove for a while on the original 'mother road' just so we could say we drove on it. I still have the tee shirt.


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I like to think of it as the Horizontal EpcotWorldDisneyPlaceLand....If your Rug-Honey'ies are still young enough they may not agree.

I love the History

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Last trip we visited the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, was very worthwhile. Clinton Pres Library in Little Rock for recent history. Memphis for music and ribs, Beale Street. Could veer south to Natchez, MS for much history and take Natchez Trace for an incredibly pleasant drive to Nashville, with more history and scenery and no semi's along the way.
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Old 04-18-2016, 11:31 AM   #8
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We had a blast in Brandon MO a couple of years ago. Everyone we met was nice. It was off-season so the big names weren't there but the quality of the unknown acts there is terrific, as is the stagecraft.
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We just finished part of that I-40 trip and agree about the Clinton Presidential Library in North Little Rock, AR (try and camp right across the river at the City owned campground - then walk across the foot bridge to the Library), Graceland at Memphis as well as the Peabody Hotel (80 yr history of 'Ducks' marching in to a fabulous Italian fountain) and Tom's BBQ (one of the best). At Nashville visit the Antique Archiology store (one of two the American Pickers on TV sell unique items) Then at Bowling Green, KY hit the wonderful Corvette Museum and the Corvette factory. Enjoy and take time.
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Old 04-18-2016, 11:45 AM   #10
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Palo Duro Canyon SP

Don't miss Palo Duro Canyon State Park about 15 miles southeast of Amarillo, TX. It's billed as the "Grand Canyon of Texas" and is definitely worth several days. Wonderful hiking, mountain bicycling, photography, birding, and hanging around. Only downside is no internet or cell service in the park since you are camping 800 feet below the canyon rim.

When there, check out the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, TX about 10 miles due west of the state park. The museum is associated with West Texas A&M University and you'll be amazed at what it contains for being "in the middle of nowhere."
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Old 04-18-2016, 11:49 AM   #11
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I've made that drive a few times. East of the Sandia Mountains to Tucumcari pretty much what to see amounts to watching your gas gauge go down while you look at the nearly arrow straight I-40 stretching out to the east ahead of you. Conchas Lake is close to Tucumcari and it is a fun place to hang out for a couple of nights if you like to be close to water (if there is still a lake there, I don't know quite honestly). Amarillo has a well located KOA (5 minutes off I-40) and the Big Texan runs a free limo service to to the KOA which will take you over for the 72oz eat it all and it's free challenge. There is a free RV museum in Amarillo that is worth the time to go see. And Palo Duro canyon is worth a few hours to drive through, the cafe at the bottom of the canyon has great (really) burgers. There are a few museums and things to see through OK and AR for sure. AR gets more interesting terrain wise then once you cross the bridge from West Memphis to Memphis it gets really beautiful. Memphis is a blast - Beale street mentioned already, Mud Island with the paddle boat ride, Germantown, all of it is great. Have a great trip!
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You might stay overnight at Toad Suck Park by Conway Arkansas on the Arkansas River. Then you need to check out the Pyramid Bass Pro Shop as you cross the Mississippi into Memphis. If you are into the casinos drop down to Tunica MS about 40 miles south of Memphis. There is something like 9 casinos with Hollywood and Sams Town having nice cheap campgrounds. Then if you are interested in rockets and space, swing over to Huntsville and the Space and Rocket Center. There is a small campground there. Then you can head north on I65 to Nashville.
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Goin' from St. Loius, down through Missouri
Oklahoma city looks oh so pretty
Ya oughta see Amarillo, Gallup, New Mexico
Flagsraff, Arizona, don't forget Winona,
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino
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We enjoyed visiting Cadillac Ranch, an Amarillo TX interactive-art attraction.
We also liked the Midpoint Cafe, in Adrian TX - (attraction and food). Adrian marks the halfway point along Route 66.
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Lake Dardanelle SP, Russellville, Arkansas is a good spot for a few days.
Tom Sawyers Mississippi RV park, West Memphis, Arkansas puts you right on the Mississippi River
Red Rock Canyon SP, Hinton, OK is small but very picturesque, and quiet.
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