Route 66 Neon Drive-Thru Sign

Grants, New Mexico

New MexicoRoadside Attraction

The Route 66 Neon Drive-Thru Sign in Grants, New Mexico is an 18-foot tall open Route 66 shield big enough to drive your car through. The attraction has become a popular photo op for road trippers to drive into, park their car, and hop out for some souvenir pics.

The shape of the sign mimics that of the classic Route 66 shield and it is outlined in ropes of red and purple LED lights that glow at night. The main side reads “Grant, New Mexico” followed by “Historic Route 66” and is embellished with painted flames that celebrate Grants’s status as New Mexico’s “Land of Fire and Ice.”

The other side says “Grants, New Mexico” in a classic postcard style bubble font. The letters are filled with cartoon drawings of local scenery and the word “Welcome” is repeated down the sides in a variety of languages.

The Route 66 attraction was unveiled in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 6, 2016, in honor of the 90th anniversary of The Mother Road. It was built by the NMSU-Grants welding department.

You can find this New Mexico roadside attraction next to the Hub of History Park in the heart of downtown Grants, New Mexico. A paved path loops you around from the side street, through the shield, and back out.

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Route 66 Neon Drive-Thru Sign in Grants, New Mexico Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Route 66 Neon Drive-Thru Sign

Address:
600 W Santa Fe Ave, Grants, NM 87020

Hours:
Visible 24/7

Cost:
Free

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Route 66 Neon Drive-Thru Sign in Grants, New Mexico Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Route 66 Neon Drive-Thru Sign in Grants, New Mexico Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Route 66 Neon Drive-Thru Sign in Grants, New Mexico Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to the Route 66 Neon Drive-Thru Sign in Grants, New Mexico, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Try to time your visit to arrive after sunset, when the neon sign lights up!
  • The path to the sign is one way, coming from the back. Clearance is about 10 feet and designed to allow RVs. Height bars over the approach will warn you if your vehicle is too tall!

Where to Stay Near the Route 66 Neon Drive-Thru Sign

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

Sands Motel

Sands Motel is a budget-friendly classic Route 66 motel in Grants, new Mexico. The vintage motel has carpeted floors, cable TV, microwaves, mini refrigerators, and WiFi.

Historic El Rancho Hotel

One of the best motels on Route 66, Historic El Rancho Hotel is only a short drive away from Grants. Sleep where the stars have at this 1940s hotel that has hosted some of Hollywood’s biggest movie movie stars and makers, including Robert Mitchum, Elia Kazan, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, William Holden, Billy Wilder, Kirk Douglas, Gregory Peck, Troy Donahue, and more. Photos of the stars are peppered throughout the intricately designed property and each room is themed with a star’s photo and information.

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