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Old 07-25-2015, 05:10 PM
 
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My wife and I will be flying into Albuquerque in a few days and plan to spend about 5 days vacationing through the state. We would like to spend at least 2 days in Santa Fe, but other than that we are open to suggestions.

We are both NM novices and 30-something professionals. Probably don't want to spend too much time with the art scene or museums on this trip. However, we are really interested in checking out the great food/restaurant scene.

It's likely NM will be an option for relocation for us in the near future and we intend to use this trip to get a better feel for the state with that in mind.

Can someone suggest a 5-day itinerary and any "must see" spots to visit?
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Old 07-25-2015, 06:55 PM
 
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Eateries that I would recommend:
* The Range Cafe (Bernalillo)
* Sadie's (Abq.)
* Abuelita's (for breakfast, in Bernalillo)
* Blade's Bistro (Placitas)
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Old 07-25-2015, 07:34 PM
 
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Check tripadvisor too for restaurants - tons of great food in Santa Fe. There is also a thread on this forum of restaurants in Santa Fe.

If you are not into art or museums, then maybe take a drive up to the Santa Fe Ski area - very pretty and nice hiking trails.
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Old 07-25-2015, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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What dates will you be in Santa Fe?
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Old 07-25-2015, 08:46 PM
 
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What dates will you be in Santa Fe?
We arrive in ABQ on 7/29 and leave on 8/3.
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Old 07-25-2015, 08:49 PM
 
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We were thinking about heading to Santa Fe the day we arrive and spending 2-3 days in that area, then heading up to Taos or farther north for 2 days. Then spending the final day in ABQ...our flight doesn't leave until evening.

Thoughts?
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Old 07-26-2015, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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We were thinking about heading to Santa Fe the day we arrive and spending 2-3 days in that area, then heading up to Taos or farther north for 2 days. Then spending the final day in ABQ...our flight doesn't leave until evening.

Thoughts?
Santa Fe, Taos, Albq. in five days is really not going to leave much time for "smelling the roses (or chamisa) along the way."
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Old 07-26-2015, 09:27 PM
 
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^ That's what I was afraid of. I suppose we should just stay in Santa Fe for the duration.
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Old 07-27-2015, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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^ That's what I was afraid of. I suppose we should just stay in Santa Fe for the duration.
Taos and other interesting locales are a nice day trip from Santa Fe. Be sure and look into the two routes between Santa Fe and Taos to get the most from any day trip. Ask about the "High Road to Taos."

Another great day trip is a visit to Los Alamos, Valles Caldera N.P., Bandelier N. Mon., and don't pass up the overlook site at White City for a breathtaking view of the Rio Grande gorge and the Sangre de Christo mtns.
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Old 07-27-2015, 04:44 PM
 
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and don't pass up the overlook site at White City
Did you mean White Rock?

The view is indeed pretty spectacular at Overlook Point. However, the other main draws in Los Alamos/White Rock would be Bandelier National Moneument, great hiking, and Manhattan Project history (We have some neat museums).

Hands down Santa Fe has better food though.
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