Touring old historic Route 66 in the southwest is most enjoyable during the cool weather seasons. As a bonus, winter is considered to be the off-season for tourism in this region, so the shops will be less crowded. Some of the stores close after summer, but many of the locally owned businesses remain open, especially in the longstanding commerce areas located along the highway. For most folks, the shopping experience on Route 66 is one of collecting memorabilia or sorting through antiques to send back home, yet there is much more to be found for those who dig a little deeper.
Gallup is a landmark along the Mother Road in New Mexico and this old town definitely is world famous for being a holiday season shopping destination. In fact, Gallup is basically the world's largest native trading post, so a wide array of interesting merchandise can be found on the Route 66 strip. There is literally one native art gallery and trading post after another, so doing a walking tour of old Gallup is the best way to go. The cool weather will be a real bonus, because there is a lot of ground to cover in this historic city.
Many of the greatest silversmiths and and artisans from the indigenous sovereign nations market their crafts in Route 66 Gallup, so finding a gift that really has meaning is easy to do. Hand woven rugs, colorful blankets, authentic pottery, paintings and some of the most exquisite jewelry in the entire west can be found in the Route 66 Gallup shops. Some of these businesses were established during the days of the old west, so even just doing some window shopping will be a memorable experience. Gallup certainly is a beautiful place to be when winter comes around, especially when seeking unique holiday gifts for loved ones back home!
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