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Advice for 3 and half days itin

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Advice for 3 and half days itin

Hello,

Need some advice of how to make the most of our time for 3 and half days in Santa fe. We will be driving in from ALQ to Sante Fe in Fri late afternoon and leaving following Mon around 2 pm for 4 pm flight. Question is we would like to see how to fit in following activities or if need to drop one of the parks, which one? thanks in advance for any suggestions/recommendations!

1/ Bandelier Monument Park

2/ Taos Pueblo

3/ Acoma Pueblo

4/Tent Camp Rocks

5/ Meow Wolf

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1. Re: Advice for 3 and half days itin

Acoma Pueblo is an hour west of ABQ, so it is about 2 hours from Santa Fe. So unless you are doing Acoma in conjunction with ABQ, I would not make the 2 hour drive just for that. You could stop in ABQ and take the Sandia Tramway to the top of Sandia Peak for beautiful views.

Also, add Valles Caldera to your list if you are doing Bandolier as well. Thanks to Canbelto, I have that on my itinerary coming up in 3 weeks and is one of the things I am most looking forward to

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2. Re: Advice for 3 and half days itin

Really only 2 full days, with 2 partial days. I don't think you will have time for either Acoma or Taos. I would be at the Abq airport by 1:30 to drop of car and especially if you check bags. You need to be at the gate when they board which is 30 minutes before. Friends have missed flights because they cut the time to close!

Here's some ideas:

Day 1 Fri. Arrive in afternoon, drive to Santa Fe via I25. You may have time to visit Tent Rocks, but do check with the monument to make sure they are open. Or do Meow Wolf this afternoon saving Tent Rocks for the last day! Dinner in Santa Fe. Many art galleries have open houses Friday evenings.

Day 2 -Sat. Spend the day in Santa Fe. Visit the Plaza area, see Canyon Road etc. Meow Wolf in afternoon/evening if not seen the day before.

Day 3 - Sun. To Bandelier in the morning, take along a picnic lunch. If you get to the monument before 9am you can drive in, otherwise you take the shuttle. Los Alamos has Bradbury Science Museum, a history museum and a small nature center. Plenty of trails in the area. You can also drive up to Valles Calderas National Preserve, beautiful there. A pueblo closeby to visit is San Ildefonso. They have a walking tour and a nice small shop.

Day 4 - Mon. Morning in Santa Fe, then take the Turquoise Trail south on your way to Abq. Stop in Madrid for some shopping and on to Sandia Park to see Tinkertown (a homegrown folk art museum). Lunch at Burger Boy nearby in Cedar Crest. Get a green chile cheeseburger!!

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3. Re: Advice for 3 and half days itin

Thanks much for advice!

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4. Re: Advice for 3 and half days itin

I agree with Casa Azul...you have very little time for the things on your list.

Her itinerary is wonderful.

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Just to get you started: Consider which of the following might be of interest to you when you are here. And then alter it to suit your tastes and time you have.

A. In Santa Fe, there are 6 basic areas to explore.

1. The Plaza area for blocks around...shopping, fabulous dining destination, historic architecture and several museums, now adding more wine/drink choices in restaurants since the development of nearby wineries.

Some of our favorite restaurants near the Plaza: Plaza Cafe, the oldest family run in SF, the Plazuela and lounge at the La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe Bite for green chile cheese burgers, Mucho Gustoand the Shed. Sazon for Spanish Moles. For steaks Rio Chama and the Bull Ring.

Be aware that if you are not used to spicy, NM chiles, either red or green can be extremely hot. Its good to taste before having it put all over your burgers or other meals. If you love spicy, you will be in heaven. NM cuisine is not all that much like Mexican food elsewhere. SF is a dining destination and has all kinds of other cuisines in town.

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2. Museum Hill with its 4 world class museums, nice cafe and botanic gardens across the road. The cafe has a nice view, excellent food, a bar, good coffee and desserts and is very handy when you are up on the hill. http://www.museumhill.net

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3. The Guadalupe/Railyard district for more arts, dining and some re-sale, like the famous Double Take. Site Santa Fe contemporary, the Farmers Market and the Violet Crown movie theater. https://santafedoubletake.com

Nearby restaurants that we enjoy in the area are Tomasita's, Cowgirl BBQ, the Whole Hog cafe....and the food truck named Bang Bite Filling Station. It has moved around but it so worth finding for its burgers. Lately they are on Water Street south of Guadalupe St.

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4...Canyon Road. One mile up and back, the oldest street in SF. It, and the side streets and alleyways off of it, are lined with galleries of all different kinds, & outdoor sculpture gardens. http://www.visitcanyonroad.com

Nearby restaurants other treats: Both the Compound and Geronimoare splurges and right on Canyon. There is also Caffe Greco, Cafe Des Artistes and within walking distance...the Kakawa Chocolate House.

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5...The Cerrillos Road: For less expensive hotels, the Congeries great Consignment emporium, several antique shops, The Jackalope Shops, many other restaurants, the Santa Fe Place mall and newer big box stores. Pharmacies and gas stations and the Outlet Shops at the very southern most end of it.

Some of our favorite restaurants on Cerrillos Road or barely off of it: Los Potrillos (Mexican), The Pantry (Breakfast favorite), Cafe Castro, Red Enchillada, The Ranch House (BBQ), Adelita's, Jambo (African) and Posa's El Merendero ( best tamales in SF IMO), and the small El Parasol take out (award winning tacos and burritos).

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6...the Baca Area mid-way down and just off of Cerrillos Road to the west. It includes a glass blowing studio, other small shops and art galleries. Its near Meow Wolf .

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Restaurant choices worth seeking out even though they are off the main drag or a little drive away.

Tecolote and Clafoutis French Bakery cafe for breakfast, Maria's for Margaritas with 200+ kinds of tequila and a NM menu. Gabriel's up north of the Opera House and just south of the Buffalo Thunder Resort... for any meal except breakfast....award winning for a reason. Great NM cuisine, table prepared guacamole, nice bar, great atmosphere.

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