A Road Trip – LA to Chicago Day 2: Albuquerque, NM & Amarillo, TX

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Okay, so after the Grand Canyon we kept driving and stopped in Albuquerque, NM to spend the night there. Road Trip from LA to Chciago Day 2 - Cadillac Ranch Amarillo, TexasWe decided we would have some sort of steak/burger dinner here since we had been so good at not spending our money on anything besides gas for day one. This some how ended up being a fail. Probably one of the first times yelp has ever failed me. We went to a place called Frontier Restaurant with over 700 reviews and 4 stars. I can’t remember exactly what we had but I remember a burger and a steak. They lacked flavor, maybe we didn’t order the right thing? Whatever the case, think before you go there. Anyway, the cheap gas in this state made up for the not so great dinner. Seriously guys, about $18 for a full tank; cheapest gas ever! I should have filled gallons of that stuff from there but unfortunately there was no room in the car.

We found some random stuff here, like a cool wall next to Route 66 Diner that was full of signs. We definitely stopped here and took a bajillion pictures which included awkward jumping ones.Road Trip LA to Chicago Day 2- Route 66 Diner Wall, Albuquerque, New MexicoRoute 66 Diner Wall, Albuquerque, New MexicoRoad Trip LA to Chicago Day 2- Route 66 Diner Wall, Albuquerque, New MexicoWe also drove by/stopped by the Breaking Bad house. Warning: you are not allowed to take pics of it and there are signs on the yard, “No Trespassing” but I mean come on, we had to. The owners were opening the garage door as we were taking pictures so we had to run!Road Trip LA to Chicago Day 2- Breaking Bad House, Albuquerque, New MexicoNow to my favorite part! AMARILLO, TEXAS! “Texas forever!” “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!” If you couldn’t tell, I am a huge Friday Night Light’s fan and also I have lived in Texas but never made it up to the Panhandle so that was cool. But also the scenery in this part of the area was something else. We were going to Cadillac Ranch but I accidentally turned sooner than I was supposed to and ended up on this dirt road which made for some awesome views and beautiful pictures. The wind was kind of insane here.Road Trip LA to Chicago Day 2- Amarillo, TexasRoad Trip LA to Chicago Day 2- Amarillo, TexasBasically, Cadillac Ranch is an art installation which was created in 1974 by some artists who were a part of an art group called Ant Farm. It’s made of old, used or junk Cadillac cars, half-buried, nose first in the ground at an angle. What makes this cool is all the graffiti on it! You see different languages and different art work all over these cars and I LOVED IT (and it’s legal). People left spray cans behind that still had paint remaining in them so we picked them up and decided to leave our own mark as well. If you end up going here at some point, make sure to bring your own spray cans because you won’t always be lucky!Road Trip LA to Chicago Day 2- Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texascar22I know, I know, we look so cool.Road Trip LA to Chicago Day 2- Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, TexasNext stop: Broken Arrow, Oklahoma! We spent the night there.

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  1. The Cadillac Ranch was such a nice surprise on the drive back for us too. Thanks for sharing that with us. Love all the colorful pictures on this page. They are taking me back to my road trip!

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