Everyone knows the famous Route 66; it’s an iconic piece of Americana that attracts tourists from around the globe.
However, did you know there is a stretch of Route 66 in New Mexico that plays the song “America the Beautiful” when you drive over the rumble strips? This part of Route 66 is known as the Singing Road or the Musical Road.
The Musical Highway
In 2014, National Geographic funded the installation of custom metal plates over a small eastbound stretch of Interstate 40 (the modern-day replacement for Route 66) between Albuquerque and Tijeras.
The patriotic anthem can be heard when drivers maintain a speed of 45 miles per hour over the plates embedded into the rumble strips.
New Mexico state officials hoped the road would help drivers maintain their focus and cut down on distractions. If the driver goes too fast (or too slow) the music will stop; so total focus is required to hear the tune.
Of course, driving over rumble strips probably isn’t the best idea for maintaining the tread on your tires- but at least it will entertain you as you drive through the desert!
This video from National Geographic shows how everything was constructed. Watch the clip below to hear the singing road!
Musical roads can be found in six countries around the world; Denmark, Japan, South Korea, the United States of America, Mexico and San Marino.
Want to find the exact location of this road to try it yourself? Check out TheSingingRoad.com for directions and additional information.
The next time you head out on an epic American road trip, make sure to add the Singing Road to your route! If you’re looking for even more interesting places to visit on your road trip, check out our recommendations for fun, lesser-known tourist sites around the United States.