The Most Beautiful Route 66 Diner?

The 66 Diner gets my vote as the most beautiful diner along the old 'Mother Road.' Here's why!

The Most Beautiful Diner on Route 66?

ROUTE 66 has its own beauty. When it comes to diners, there are many iconic eateries along the ‘Mother Road.’ However, I do believe that if there were ever a beauty contest for Route 66 diners, this would be the clear winner: 66 Diner, Albuquerque, New Mexico!

66 Diner, Albuquerque, New Mexico

The 66 Diner in Albuquerque, New Mexico is a sleek design that borrows from its roots as a Phillip’s Gas Station in Route 66’s heyday. Known as Sam’s Sixty Six Service (built in 1946), it was converted into a diner in 1987. The updated building preserves some of the design elements of the original building, enhancing its clean, curvy neon touches and 1950’s roadside architectural style.

The Old Sam's Sixty Six Service
The Old Sam’s Sixty Six Service

It is at sunset that the 66 Diner is in peak glory. The glow of golden hour sunset light is perfectly complemented by the soft glow of 66 Diner’s neon lighting. I shot the photo above during a winter evening as the glow of post-sunset light was balanced by the fully illuminated 66 Diner.

If you are a Route 66 buff (or just want a great burger and shake) you must stop by the 66 Diner when in the Albuquerque area. It is special!

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