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Location: Albuquerque

Day 1 - 1 Apr 2019

Albuquerque International Sunport

Albuquerque, Albuquerque International Sunport

Content: The main airport in New Mexico is in Albuquerque. I wanted to make sure to visit White Sands, which is a long drive from that airport, so I decided to fly into Albuquerque and fly out of El Paso, Texas, which worked out well.

Location: Albuquerque

Day 1 - 1 Apr 2019

Old Town

	Albuquerque, Old Town
	Albuquerque, Old Town
	Albuquerque, Old Town

Content: Old Town’s narrow streets and century-old adobe houses are home to New Mexican eateries serving enchiladas and sopaipilla pastries, and tiny artisan shops selling jewelry, rugs and pottery. Old Town Plaza is a charming spot overlooked by 18th-century San Felipe de Neri Church. Nearby, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science has dinosaur skeletons, while the Albuquerque Museum displays Southwestern art. I loved visiting local wineries and exploring Old Town Albuquerque.

ABQ BioPark - Botanic Garden

	Albuquerque, ABQ BioPark - Botanic Garden
	Albuquerque, ABQ BioPark - Botanic Garden
	Albuquerque, ABQ BioPark - Botanic Garden

Content: This place is pure magic. I am not even a plants person, but you don't have to be to enjoy the beauty in this place. I happened to be here during the annual bonsai show and it was so cool to see all of the different ways people curate their trees. Don't miss the Japanese garden or cactus house!! It sucks they put the horses near the garden though, not a pleasant smell.

Hike La Luz Trail

	Albuquerque, Hike La Luz Trail
	Albuquerque, Hike La Luz Trail
	Albuquerque, Hike La Luz Trail

Content: Hike La Luz Trail to the top of South Sandia Peak for a beautiful view of the city. If the weather’s good, take the cable car back down to the bottom. The trail begins at the La Luz Trailhead and proceeds approximately eight miles to either Sandia Crest or the Sandia Peak Tramway

Casa Rondeña Winery

	Albuquerque, Casa Rondeña Winery
	Albuquerque, Casa Rondeña Winery
	Albuquerque, Casa Rondeña Winery

Content: Delicious wine and atmosphere! Became a day member and enjoyed an amazing dinner by the pond with unbelievable service from the GM and service staff. Even got some great advice from the winery owner!!!

Sadie's of New Mexico

	Albuquerque, Sadie's of New Mexico
	Albuquerque, Sadie's of New Mexico
	Albuquerque, Sadie's of New Mexico
	Albuquerque, Sadie's of New Mexico

Content: Sadie's was awesome! The portions are incredibly generous, and the service is very attentive. Above all though, their chips and salsa are to die for. Best thing I ate on my trip to Albuquerque, and the best restaurant salsa I've ever had. This was one of the specials, and I loved it, but it was so filling! Covered in cheese and chili is no joke!

Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm

	Albuquerque, Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
	Albuquerque, Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
	Albuquerque, Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
	Albuquerque, Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm

Content: Stay at Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm for a relaxing countryside experience. At the hotel, you can ride bikes through lavender fields and eat food grown right on the property.

Location: Albuquerque

Day 2 - 2 Apr 2019

Bisti Badlands

	Albuquerque,  Bisti Badlands
	Albuquerque,  Bisti Badlands
	Albuquerque,  Bisti Badlands

Content: Exploring the Bisti Badlands, was one of the highlights of my road trip. It may seem like a long way to go, but it is well worth it, especially if you’re a photographer or nature and history lover! The Bisti is a 45,000-acre desert wilderness area with some of the most unique rock formations on Earth. In prehistoric times the area was a coastal swamp, home to dinosaurs, reptiles, and other ancient creatures.

Location: Bisti Badlands

Day 2 - 2 Apr 2019

Navajo Tours USA

 Bisti Badlands, Navajo Tours USA
 Bisti Badlands, Navajo Tours USA
 Bisti Badlands, Navajo Tours USA

Content: I would highly recommend booking a walking tour with Navajo Tours USA, especially if you’re traveling solo. It’s easy to get disoriented out there, so by going with a guide you’ll be sure to see all the best sites without having to worry about getting lost. Plus, you’ll learn so much about the geologic history of the region and the local Navajo culture.

Farmington

 Bisti Badlands, Farmington
 Bisti Badlands, Farmington
 Bisti Badlands, Farmington

Content: Farmington is the closest place to stay for a visit to the Bisti Badlands, and it is about an hour’s drive between the city and the Bisti wilderness.

Location: Farmington

Day 2 - 2 Apr 2019

Aztec Ruins National Monument

	Farmington, Aztec Ruins National Monument
	Farmington, Aztec Ruins National Monument
	Farmington, Aztec Ruins National Monument
	Farmington, Aztec Ruins National Monument

Content: This is a very interesting location, but small. You can visit the museum and the site itself in under two hours. Absolutely worth a visit, but not a full day experience. Gift shop is rather small, but has some fun finds. Highly recommend, but plan another event to go with your day in town as well.

Ship Rock

	Farmington, Ship Rock
	Farmington, Ship Rock
	Farmington, Ship Rock

Content: Breathtaking, awe-inspiring, everything you travel to "see things" for, can be fulfilled by a visit to the Shiprock. Go with a 4x4, or ride a horse lol. It was rough when I went. There was a lot of snow and mud.

Northern Edge Casino

	Farmington, Northern Edge Casino

Content: I'm only rating on the service at food court & fry bread I stopped in for. I didn't gamble. But upon visual seems very nice, was crowded at the time. Good customer service. Got my fry bread under 5 minutes from time I ordered. Most likely return to check out the gambling.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Farmington

	Farmington, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Farmington
	Farmington, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Farmington
	Farmington, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Farmington

Content: We love Marriott & this location is exceptional. We always have the friendliest staff, cleanest rooms, & most accommodating facilities. They really take care of you, we’d recommend to anyone!

Location: Farmington

Day 3 - 3 Apr 2019

Taos

	Farmington, Taos
	Farmington, Taos
	Farmington, Taos

Content: Taos is a lovely artist colony, full of galleries, museums, and historic adobe buildings. I could picture having my own art retreat there! The high elevation town is a popular destination for travelers in all seasons due to its access to nearby ski resorts. There are so many unique things to do in this vibrant community. the distance is 214 miles and it took 4 hours.

Location: Taos

Day 3 - 3 Apr 2019

Greater World Earthship Community

Taos,  Greater World Earthship Community
Taos,  Greater World Earthship Community
Taos,  Greater World Earthship Community

Content: Interesting place. Unique. Novelty. Appears self sustaining. Remote. Long way from a lot of important public services including fire department, hospitals, important social institutions. It looks interesting but it likely requires one to be very wealthy to be self sustaining.

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

Taos, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
Taos, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
Taos, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

Content: Wow, an incredible place that I had never heard of. The confluence of the Rio Grande and Red Rivers in a place as wild as you can imagine. You can hear the creation singing to Yahweh's Glory!

The Historic Taos Inn

Taos, The Historic Taos Inn
Taos, The Historic Taos Inn
Taos, The Historic Taos Inn

Content: Perfect location and super comfy room. I love the small complex of houses. The fireplace was enough to keep everything warn without the heat. Pet Friendly!

Adobe Bar at the Historic Taos Inn

Taos, Adobe Bar at the Historic Taos Inn
Taos, Adobe Bar at the Historic Taos Inn
Taos, Adobe Bar at the Historic Taos Inn

Content: Great food and happy hour. Excellent service. Happy for you to stay and listen to the music. Watch out for the GIANT nachos. Couldn't eat the half order. Live music nightly...all styles of music. Check online updates. Much of the music for tips only. Be good to the artists by tipping.

Location: Taos

Day 4 - 4 Apr 2019

Taos Pueblo

Taos,  Taos Pueblo
Taos,  Taos Pueblo
Taos,  Taos Pueblo

Content: Just one mile north of town, Taos Pueblo is an ancient pueblo still inhabited by a Native American tribe of Puebloan people. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States. The adobe dwellings were built about 1,000 years ago, and about 150 people currently live there full-time. I really enjoyed chatting with the residents, trying local foods, and learning about this fascinating community.

Ghost Ranch

Taos,  Ghost Ranch
Taos,  Ghost Ranch
Taos,  Ghost Ranch
Taos,  Ghost Ranch

Content: We had heard fantastic things about hiking at Ghost Ranch, so we drove out there on my way to Santa Fe. When we arrived, we realized I didn’t have enough time to do any of the hikes, so we left and drove all the way back to the 68 South!

Location: Ghost Ranch

Day 4 - 4 Apr 2019

Chimayo

Ghost Ranch, Chimayo
Ghost Ranch, Chimayo
Ghost Ranch, Chimayo

Content: Chimayo is a small town just 40 minutes outside Santa Fe. It features a historic church and several well-known weaving shops and is known for its famous Chimayo peppers. Be sure to find a cafe that serves chile hot chocolate drinks, so delicious!

Location: Chimayo

Day 4 - 4 Apr 2019

Santa Fe

Chimayo, Santa Fe
Chimayo, Santa Fe
Chimayo, Santa Fe

Content: It’s a short, beautiful drive from Taos to the capital city of Santa Fe. Its 70 miles away from Taos.

Location: Santa Fe

Day 4 - 4 Apr 2019

Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

	Santa Fe, Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
	Santa Fe, Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Content: Beautiful hotel, we didn't spend much time there but it was very clean and affordable for a couple of days. Didn't mind spending 22$ on parking because the hotel room didn't cost. Had a very commercial rustic appearance to match Santa Fe.

315 Restaurant & Wine Bar

	Santa Fe, 315 Restaurant & Wine Bar
	Santa Fe, 315 Restaurant & Wine Bar
	Santa Fe, 315 Restaurant & Wine Bar
	Santa Fe, 315 Restaurant & Wine Bar

Content: Amazingly delicious food and a wonderful atmosphere. One of the best places to eat in the area, and that is HIGH praise, as almost every meal we've had in this area of Santa Fe has exceeded expectations. Excellent!

Location: Santa Fe

Day 5 - 5 Apr 2019

Santa Fe Plaza Inc

	Santa Fe, Santa Fe Plaza Inc
	Santa Fe, Santa Fe Plaza Inc
	Santa Fe, Santa Fe Plaza Inc

Content: Historic plaza with shops and restaurants. Great to walk and have coffee or a meal . The place historic value and significantly makes up the old downtown of Santa Fe . The place is clean and safe .

Meow Wolf

	Santa Fe, Meow Wolf
	Santa Fe, Meow Wolf
	Santa Fe, Meow Wolf
	Santa Fe, Meow Wolf

Content: The coolest place in the southwest! We absolutely adored Meow Wolf. We were there 4 hours and those 4 hours completely flew by as there is so much to do and SO much to see! Unique, visually stimulating, and a super fun environment to be in. Everything was a thing to marvel at. Even the walls on your way to the bathroom are super cool!!! Can't wait to check out their Denver & Las Vegas locations as soon as they open. These artists are truly special. Check out the art vending machine to buy local art. Also check out the gift shop.

Cafe Pasqual's

	Santa Fe, Cafe Pasqual's
	Santa Fe, Cafe Pasqual's

Content: You know you’ve come to the right place when a line is formed up outside. The staff/owners were very friendly and helpful offering a refill of my coffee as I waited for what proved to be the best breakfast burrito on the planet.

Santa Fe Opera

	Santa Fe, Santa Fe Opera
	Santa Fe, Santa Fe Opera
	Santa Fe, Santa Fe Opera

Content: Don your cowboy hat and head to the Santa Fe Opera for a unique desert performance. The stunning opera house is partially open to the outdoors, allowing for incredible sunset and night sky views.

Location: Santa Fe

Day 6 - 6 Apr 2019

Bandelier National Monument

	Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument
	Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument
	Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument
	Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument
	Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument

Content: An hour outside Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument is a perfect half-day excursion. Within the park are 11,000-year-old human settlements built into a rocky canyon. If you aren’t afraid of ladders, you can climb up inside some of the highest settlements. Otherwise, there are more accessible cave dwellings to explore.

Location: Santa Fe

Day 6 - 6 Apr 2019

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Santa Fe, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Santa Fe, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Santa Fe, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Content: Very beautiful spot just near Santa Fe and wide hiking trails with lots wild flower lead you climb. Those tent rock have other rocks stand on top are unique. Take water with you at all for the trail.

Santa Fe National Forest

Santa Fe, Santa Fe National Forest
Santa Fe, Santa Fe National Forest
Santa Fe, Santa Fe National Forest

Content: Peaceful and great views. Find a good spot to pull off into the wilderness a bit and skip the campgrounds. Perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature. Only downside is that New Mexico gets so little rain that campfires are prohibited more often than they are allowed.

India House

Santa Fe, India House
Santa Fe, India House
Santa Fe, India House

Content: Amazing service! Super friendly staff.... like, seriously so friendly! So grateful they were doing dine in! Just what my husband and I were looking for - a nice, relaxing dinner night out. Support local. They do carry out too!

Location: Santa Fe

Day 7 - 7 Apr 2019

Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

Santa Fe, Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Santa Fe, Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Santa Fe, Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Santa Fe, Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

Content: Along the drive to Las Cruces, stop at the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge to view birds and other local wildlife. There is a loop road you can drive around for easy viewing, or you can take more time to hike in the nature preserve.

Las Cruces

Santa Fe, Las Cruces
Santa Fe, Las Cruces
Santa Fe, Las Cruces

Content: The final stretch of this ultimate New Mexico road trip takes you almost to the southern border of the state. Las Cruces lies at the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, just north of the U.S. border with Mexico.

Location: Las Cruces

Day 7 - 7 Apr 2019

City of Rocks State Park

Las Cruces , City of Rocks State Park
Las Cruces , City of Rocks State Park
Las Cruces , City of Rocks State Park

Content: Located about halfway between Silver City and Deming, City of Rocks is made up by a unique formation of rocks that was created by a combination of volcanic activity and erosion. The park offers camp sites, hiking trails, excellent mountain biking, wildlife viewing, stargazing, picnic areas, a visitor center and a desert botanical garden.

Andele Restaurant

Las Cruces , Andele Restaurant
Las Cruces , Andele Restaurant

Content: The green chili chicken enchiladas were very tasty and was more food than I could finish. The service was professional and attentive. There’s outdoor seating with heaters to accommodate.

Lundeen Inn of the Arts

Las Cruces ,  Lundeen Inn of the Arts

Content: Stay at Lundeen Inn of the Arts to connect with the local desert culture. Full of history and Southwestern art, the hotel is the perfect place to end a New Mexico road trip.

Location: Las Cruces

Day 8 - 8 Apr 2019

White Sands National Park

Las Cruces , White Sands National Park
Las Cruces , White Sands National Park
Las Cruces , White Sands National Park

Content: The last stop on the journey is one of our favorite places on Earth. White Sands National Park is the world’s largest gypsum dune field. The ethereal white dunes stretch on for 275 square miles. In the park, you can go on numerous hikes into the dunes, take amazing photos, and even go sledding down the dunes! Be sure to stay for sunset, it was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. It takes about an hour to drive from Las Cruces to the park. It was the perfect way to end our road trip.