Albuquerque is the most
popular city to fly into when visiting New Mexico and
is also a great place to be based when planning
on visiting the greater area's attractions.
It can be nice to have a base to move to and from as changing
hotels often can end up being a hassle. Albuquerque day
trips are a great way to explore the area as the city
is located in central New Mexico making many attractions
accessible. Depending on what you want to see and how
far away from the city you're willing to go, Albuquerque
day trips can take you near or far.
Santa Fe is very popular among Albuquerque day trips and is roughly an hour's drive north. Many of Santa Fe's attractions are located in and around the heart of the city. A leisurely walk is usually welcomed after sitting in a car for a while anyway! This one of many Albuquerque day trips can take you into the city's famed central Plaza which is dominated by the Palace of Governors, a beautiful adobe-style structure and the oldest public building in the United States. There are many interesting attractions to see in Santa Fe and a drive around the outer area of the city is also full of things to do and see.
Albuquerque Tours & Day Trips
Another fun Albuquerque trip is walk through Old Town where many of the adobe buildings were erected 250 years ago and exemplify how the city has flourished from a small, 18th century town. From Old Town there are many other attractions within walking distance such as the Albuquerque Zoo, the Convention Center, and the Aquarium and Botanic Gardens.
Route 66 would be another ideal Albuquerque trip as the famous route runs straight through the heart of the city as Central Avenue and is dotted with the bright neon lights of " motel row". Take a short drive westward to the opposite side of the Rio Grande River and visit the Petroglyph National Monument for an interesting Albuquerque trip into New Mexico history.
Day trips in Albuquerque are in abundance. Day trips
in Albuquerque could include a drive over to Bandelier
National Monument where pueblo ancestors built thriving
communities some 600 years ago that sit amidst the canyons
soaring walls. The ruins of these ancient communities
can be explored today at this well preserved site. Take
a drive northwest and visit Aztec
Ruins National Monument, another ambitious pueblo
construction dating back to1100 A.D. This massive site
encompasses historical architectural ruins that reflect
the lives of the pueblo and tell a fascinating story of
what life was like back then. Though a bit of a longer
trip to the south, The Gila
Cliff Dwellings are an equally amazing site full of
ancient buildings still very much intact and unfold
the lives of the sacred Mogollan culture before your very
Cave Dwellers Tour
A New Mexico cave dwellers tour can be an exciting way to spend a vacation day or two. A New Mexico cave dwellers tour would include the well know Ice Caves and Bandera Volcano or "The Land of Fire and Ice". This is an experience of contrast as you walk through old Junipers and Firs over the ancient lava trail to the Ice Cave where natural layers of ice gleam green-blue in the sun's mirrored rays.
Another trail takes you around to the Bandera Volcano. A New Mexico cave dwellers tour takes visitors to the Carlsbad Caverns and area where most of New Mexico's 300 caves are found. The main section of the cave, the "Big Room" can easily be self guided and the main entrance is spectacular.