Hello folks, got a question...
We are planning a trip to New Mexico over Memorial Day weekend, and since this is our first time out there, we could use some advice from anyone that live there or has been out there before.
We are going to spend a few days in Albuquerque and then a few more days in Santa Fe, using our Garmin Nuvi to explore the area. We would appreciate if anyone could give us any recommendations of interesting things to see or do, as well as any good places to eat some local/regional Southwestern food. The only certain thing we have planned so far is the Albuquerque Wine Festival, so we are open to any other suggestions!
While there you may want to see the Nuclear museum http://www.nuclearmuseum.org/
Also I think the Tram ride to Sandia Peak is worth doing.
One of my favorite places to eat when I lived there was the Casa Grande Restaurant.
We are planning a trip to New Mexico over Memorial Day weekend, and since this is our first time out there, we could use some advice from anyone that live there or has been out there before...
If looking for a road trip, the VLA might be fun for you:
Check out the Turquoise Museum in Albuquerque.
Have dinner at El Pinto.
Shop and eat at Old Town Santa Fe Plaza and surrounding area. Check out some of the old churches and multitude of art galleries. Indian jewelry on the sidewalk of the old Governor's Palace.
Take a drive north of Santa Fe to Taos Pueblo.
For your visit, plan on drinking plenty of fluids due to the high-desert conditions. Should you enjoy hiking, Google Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument located at -106.411351, 35.656457; Bandelier National Monument at -106.270391, 35.779037; and Elena Gallegos Picnic area at -106.473775, 35.161760 to see if they would interest you. Kasha-Katuwe and Bandelier are a bit off the beaten trail and Elena Gallegos is in Albuquerque. All are fee areas.
Kasha-Katuwe entails a 5-mile drive on a gravel road across Cochiti Pueblo and will be closed June 1 – July 31, 2010 for paving. Elena Gallegos is an open space in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. It has many miles of hiking trails and is adjacent to the Sandia Mountain Wilderness Area. The Pino Trail through the wilderness is a good hiking trail to the Sandia Crest.
For gambling, two nice casinos are the Sandia Resort at -106.567954, 35.203757 and the Santa Ana Star at -106.566706, 35.329050. The Santa Ana Star also has a modern 36 line bowling center on the 2nd floor. For dining I would suggest The Range Café in Bernalillo (on the original, Historic Route 66) with Life by Chocolate for dessert; Sadies in Albuquerque; but not (according to locals) El Pinto. Old Town in Albuquerque and the Plaza in Santa Fe are both highly recommended. Let me know if you need more.
I concur. The VLA is worth the trip.
And Carlsbad Caverns "rocks". ;^D
You can visit Roswell on the way. Check out the street lights on the main street. LOL
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