Sometimes you need a quick break from the rest of the world. Whether you want to explore decades of fascinating Southwestern history or explore a nearby state park and nature reserve, a quick weekend getaway from Albuquerque to Santa Fe! Our Northern New Mexico oasis is just what you need for a unique weekend retreat.
The Best Way to Travel From Albuquerque to Santa Fe
The journey from Albuquerque to Santa Fe is an easy drive that’s perfect for a weekend adventure. There are two routes to get there: one straightforward highway option and the scenic option. For a quick one-hour drive up Interstate 25. The scenic option involves a round-about trip along the historic Turquoise Trail. This route takes a little longer but allows you to see some interesting New Mexico history and scenery.
Keep reading to discover some great vacation ideas for getaways from Albuquerque to Santa Fe!
The Best Ways to Make the Most of Your Trip From Albuquerque to Santa Fe
Dig Into Santa Fe’s Culinary Scene
Take a break at one of the restaurants near the heart of town. Here, you can sample one of our local favorites—the green chile cheeseburger! Hotspots like Tune-Up Cafe and Casa Chimayo serve up tasty local Santa Fe flavors. If you want to treat yourself to a fine dining experience, book a reservation at La Casa Sena or the Coyote Cafe. Top the night off at one of the live music venues. If you extend your stay into June, make sure you catch an evening performance at the Santa Fe Opera for a sunset view that is second to none.
Revel in the Fascinating History Ingrained in Our City
You must spend at least a day of your weekend getaway from Albuquerque exploring the astonishing array of architecture, attractions, and sights here. The Santa Fe Plaza, Palace of the Governors, and Loretto Chapel are just a few of the must-see attractions. You can easily spend an entire day perusing the many buildings featuring the famous adobe-style architecture that is now a calling card of Santa Fe. We suggest keeping an eye out for a couple of hidden gems around town before walking back to your room at our Inn.
There are also plenty of world-class museums that you need to explore during your visit. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Museum of International Folk Art, and the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture are excellent spots to take in Southwestern culture, history, and art. For a truly unique experience, make sure you stop by Meow Wolf. This fun and interactive science-fiction mystery revolves around technology and art to create an engaging story for visitors.
Discover the Beautiful Nature Surrounding Our City
Our area’s incredible collection of outdoor adventures is another reason why Santa Fe is one of the best weekend getaways from Albuquerque. Miles of hiking trails await you in the nearby Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Pecos National Park is further afield and is home to a collection of hikes in addition to hidden Civil War gems.
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is home to otherworldly landscapes through massive, cone-shaped rock formations. Another must-see place during your four days in Santa Fe is Bandelier National Monument. You’ll find hiking trails and some of the most incredible communities carved into the sides of a canyon by 12th-century Ancestral Pueblo people. Head south of the City Different to view ancient writing and symbols at La Cienequilla Petroglyphs.
Four Kachinas Inn offers visitors the ultimate weekend stay in the City Different. Our Inn is only a short walk from the heart of town, making it the ideal place to be, especially if you want to make the most of Santa Fe Restaurant Week on foot. A beautiful collection of rooms featuring Southwestern accents highlights the Inn, giving you an authentic yet comfortable place to rest your head and savor delicious breakfasts every morning.
Start planning your visit today by booking one of our rooms! We look forward to welcoming you to Santa Fe.