Cross-Country Road Trip Leg Two | Oklahoma to New Mexico

legtwo-mirandafen

Days three and four are complete! My sister and I are now in our final stretch to Los Angeles, California, but first I want to recap the drive from Oklahoma to New Mexico for you! 

Day Three

STATES CROSSED: Oklahoma, Texas

On day three of our road trip, we woke up bright and early to explore Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We stayed in the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown OKC and absolutely loved it. In the morning we ventured out to Leaf + Bean, and adorable coffee shop we found on Instagram (surprise, surprise). It had a super minimal, chill vibe and great lo-fi instrumental music as well. They had free two hour street parking which is always a huge plus. After caffeinating, we headed out to a shop called Plenty Mercantile which may just be the cutest store on the planet.

  Leaf + Bean in Oklahoma City

Leaf + Bean in Oklahoma City

After heading out of Oklahoma City, which I absolutely adored, we headed to Amarillo, Texas which was our day three final stop. We passed through El Reno, Oklahoma where we encountered a rainstorm and camped out at the local Denny's for about an hour and a half. Once we made it back onto the road we headed for the National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma. The museum costs $3-$5 per person and features some interesting relics from the old Route 66 days. They have four small museums on the property, a giant Route 66 sign, as well as plenty of kitschy photo ops that you can access for free. 

  National Route 66 Museum (Elk City, OK) & Denny's (El Reno, OK)

National Route 66 Museum (Elk City, OK) & Denny's (El Reno, OK)

We left Elk City for Amarillo, Texas and drove straight into town. We had dinner at the local tourist monument, The Big Texan, which is an absolute must-see if you pass through Amarillo. It's a Texas-themed restaurant that is employing Disney World-level decor. It's famous for its 72oz steak-eating challenge, its beers, and its amazing gift shop. We even saw a full rainbow on our way out. Good vibes. 

  The Big Texan (Amarillo, TX)

The Big Texan (Amarillo, TX)

Day Four

STATES CROSSED: Texas, New Mexico

We left Amarillo the next morning to make our way to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our halfway point was Tucumcari, New Mexico where we ate at a cute diner called Del's. After fueling up literally and figuratively, we made the drive to Albuquerque, New Mexico. We stayed at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town which was absolutely gorgeous. The hotel was a short 5 minute walk from historic Old Town. The area was adorable. The buildings surrounded a plaza square and were hidden around winding alleys.

  Old Town Albuquerque + El Choco Horchata Milkshake

Old Town Albuquerque + El Choco Horchata Milkshake

Shops and restaurants lined small patios containing hidden alcoves full of treasures. Some of our favorite shops were the Blue Moon Marketplace, and La Choco (home of the greatest Horchata milkshake of all time), and Guerilla Graphix.

  Blue Moon Marketplace

Blue Moon Marketplace

We had dinner at a restaurant called High Noon (recommended by the amazing Carol at Blue Moon Marketplace) where we had some delicious brie empanadas & guacamole (and some bomb margaritas). And that was the end of leg two! I absolutely adored Oklahoma City and would love to return. Albuquerque is also one for the books. It has a beautiful architectural style and is a must see if you are in the area. Stay tuned for the final leg of our journey, from Arizona to California! 

READ LEG ONE: Georgia to Oklahoma

READ LEG THREE: New Mexico to California

READ MY PLANNING AND PREP TIPS WITH FREE RESOURCES