Route 66 Musical Highway

Tijeras, New Mexico

New MexicoRoadside Attraction

The Route 66 Musical Highway is a stretch of road, just outside Albuquerque, that plays the song, “America the Beautiful,” when your tires drive over the specially constructed rumble strips.

Work on the Musical Highway was completed in October 2014. It was funded by The National Geographic Society in cooperation with the New Mexico Department of Transportation. Located in Tijeras, New Mexico, between Miles 4 and 5 on New Mexico 333, the attraction not only encouraged visitors to visit this small town it encouraged them to drive the speed limit while doing so.

In order for the song to play correctly you need to drive with your right side car’s tires right against the white line in the road and the vehicle needs to be going at exactly 45 miles per hour.

Musical Highways work using specially-designed rumble strips that cause vibrations and audio signals when your tires come in contact with them. They are usually used as a safety feature that alerts the driver that they are veering into danger. You’ve probably encountered rumble strips if you’ve ever accidentally drifted into the shoulder of a highway. The loud rumble reminds you to pay attention and move your car back into your lane.

Musical highways use that technology in a little more of a melodic way. By placing steel bars at specific distances on the road the vibrations made when driving over them can produce a song audible to the driver and anyone nearby.

Sadly, this tourist attraction is no longer maintained. Most of the road has been paved over and all of the signage pointing the way has been taken down. Still, a small section of the song remains. So keep your eyes, and ears, open to find the tune!

Last modified: April 21, 2024
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Route 66 Musical Highway in Tijeras, New Mexico

Route 66 Musical Highway

310 U.S. Rt. 66, Albuquerque, NM 87123



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Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to the Route 66 Musical Highway in Tijeras, New Mexico, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Note to GPS users: you can find “Musical Highway, U.S. Route 66, Albuquerque, NM” as a landmark on Google Maps. It will take you to approximately the correct spot, but possibly the wrong side of the road. Make sure you are traveling eastbound.

Where to Stay Near the Route 66 Musical Highway

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest with a stay at one of these Albuquerque hotels near Route 66.

El Vado Motel

El Vado Motel opened in 1937 and was one of the first Route 66 hotels in New Mexico. The hotel has been fully renovated and features historic character and charm combined with modern comforts and amenities. Enjoy your room, relax by the pool, or grab a beer at the on-site tap room.

The Monterey Motel

The Monterey Motel has been attracting Route 66 travelers since 1946. The motel emits a vintage vibe while offering a modern touch . A stay here promises you’ll “go straight from the road to relaxation.”

Enhance your visit to Albuquerque with a tour! Whether you love walking tours, museums, or family-friendly adventures (like a hot air balloon ride), there are plenty of options for everyone.

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