11 Memorable Day Trips Anyone Can Take From Albuquerque

Most of us don’t get as much vacation time as we’d like, but anyone can take a day trip. All you need is some money for gas and food and a day off. These excursions vary in cost but you can reach each destination within 90 minutes (three hours round trip). So, the next time you want a mini escape, hit the road and try one of the 11 best day trips from Albuquerque. (Prices are listed when applicable, but are subject to change.)

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Which of these places have you been to? What other ideas do you think belong on a list of the best day trips from Albuquerque? Here are some great ideas for trips all across New Mexico.

Address: 1001 NM-1, San Antonio, NM 87832, USA
Address: Indian Service Rte 38, Acoma Pueblo, NM 87034, USA
Address: Jemez Hot Springs, Jemez Springs, NM 87025, USA
Address: Jemez Springs, NM 87025, USA
Address: 122 Manzano Quarai Rd, Mountainair, NM 87036, USA
Address: 87 N Frontage Rd, Edgewood, NM 87015, USA
Address: Santa Fe, NM, USA
Address: 110 Main St SW, Los Lunas, NM 87031, USA
Address: Los Lunas, NM 87031, USA
Address: 104 N 1st St, Belen, NM 87002, USA
Address: NM-14, New Mexico, USA
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Best Day Trips From Albuquerque

June 03, 2020

What are the most unique things to do in New Mexico?

There are many unusual, yet totally fun things to do in New Mexico. Meow Wolf, located in Santa Fe, may intrigue based on the name alone. It’s an interactive art experience that will take you through the House of Eternal Return. The place is full of unusual and quirky things and a story you’ll follow – all in an old bowling alley. Did you know that you can drive on a musical highway in New Mexico? On a specific stretch of Route 66 near Tijeras, if you drive at just the right speed, you’ll hear a song created by specifically-spaced grooves in the road. There’s no other place in the state that you can do the same.

Which hidden gems in New Mexico should I visit?

If you need ideas for more day trips in New Mexico, there are some places that are little known but equally as worthy to visit. For example, there is a town known as “the most authentic old west town remaining in the United States.” Lincoln, New Mexico is seemingly stuck in the past and you can visit it for yourself to get a real sense of the old west. If you love natural areas, visit the Plaza Blanca near Abiquiu. There are strikingly bleached white rock formations that have inspired artists. You’ll definitely want to bring your camera for that one – they almost seem too pretty to be real.

What are the coolest attractions in New Mexico?

With so many places to visit in New Mexico, it can be hard to narrow down the coolest ones. Some people would say the Earthships near Taos would be one of them. The eco-architecture that were created with things like recycled materials are unusual yet beautiful. They were made in the 1970s and still attract many visitors to this day. The Rio Grande Gorge is a must-visit attraction in New Mexico that you can experience by walking over a bridge. The gorge itself is full of beauty and easily worthy of being on your bucket list. For some other-worldly fun, try visiting Roswell, famous for its UFO sightings. Today, the town is full of quirky alien imagery, shops, museums, and more.

Address: 1001 NM-1, San Antonio, NM 87832, USA
Address: Indian Service Rte 38, Acoma Pueblo, NM 87034, USA
Address: Jemez Hot Springs, Jemez Springs, NM 87025, USA
Address: Jemez Springs, NM 87025, USA
Address: 122 Manzano Quarai Rd, Mountainair, NM 87036, USA
Address: 87 N Frontage Rd, Edgewood, NM 87015, USA
Address: Santa Fe, NM, USA
Address: 110 Main St SW, Los Lunas, NM 87031, USA
Address: Los Lunas, NM 87031, USA
Address: 104 N 1st St, Belen, NM 87002, USA
Address: NM-14, New Mexico, USA