Kirtland Air Force Base and Albuquerque are centrally located in New Mexico and is also the largest city. There is a lot to see and do in and around Albuquerque, but did you know that there are some great destinations that make perfect weekend getaways from Albuquerque? These four top our list.
Santa Fe, NM
A short, hour drive will get you from Albuquerque to the capital of New Mexico, Santa Fe. Besides checking out the capital this charming town has a special feel to it and oh-so-much history. A visit to Santa Fe wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Loretto Chapel, known for its unusual helix-shaped spiral staircase and dinner at any of the amazing local restaurants. Check out more things to see and do in Santa Fe.
In less than three hours you will find yourself in Taos, NM. Taos is known for its landmark sites, shopping, outdoor adventures, arts, and culture. From the Rio Grande Bridge to the National Historic Landmark, Taos Pueblo, and the San Francisco de Asis Church you’ll find something to suit every adventurer’s desire. There is so much to see and do in Taos and you won’t ever forget the views.
Roswell, NM and Carlsbad Caverns
If you’re ready for a little bit longer trek, head down toward Roswell, New Mexico. And then just a little further for a trip to Carlsbad Caverns. One of the largest caves in the United States. It is an amazing place to visit and definitely a must-do when you live in New Mexico, even temporarily. To make this a great weekend trip from Albuquerque plan to spend the weekend in Roswell. You just missed the alien festival – held every year in July – but there is still plenty to do throughout the year in this famous town.
Colorado Springs, CO
With a just over 5 hour drive, this weekend getaway would be best reserved for the long holiday weekend or maybe even a week-long vacation. There is so much to do and see in and around Colorado Springs from skiing in the winter to hiking, mountain biking and so much more in the non-winter months. You won’t be disappointed with a visit to Colorado Springs and will likely wish you could have stayed longer.
New Mexico is full of wide-open spaces and beautiful scenery. And you can drive for miles without seeing a town or person. It is worth getting out of the big city of Albuquerque to see what other things are available to check out. What is your favorite weekend getaway from Albuquerque?
Written by: Amanda Huffman