I am looking at a quick 4-5 day trip:
Flying in and out of ABQ.
Would like to spend one or two nights in Santa Fe, NM. Will visit a couple of the Pueblos around there.
I don't want to stay in one place and "relax";
Where do you suggest I go the other 2 nights? Durango, Farmington ????
I will be driving so would like to limit it at 200 or so miles from Santa Fe.
I am open to any suggestions in the area.
I like nature, hiking and get dizzy at high altitude/driving in mountains.
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If you are going to be on the move...... I once stayed at a casino/hotel near four corners. If I remember correctly there was not much else around. It was a very simple and inexpensive place to stay.
If you are deciding to stay in Farmington or Durango - I think there is more to do in Durango.
In August I had a good stay at Casa Cuma B&B in Santa Fe. About a 10 minute walk to the main square in downtown (maybe 100yds without a sidewalk). At that time, they were part of the B&B program that Costco sells discounted gift cards for. When I went looking, the options in Santa Fe looked much better, which was also the recommendation of my sister who had visited both.
In Durango there is an older hotel downtown near the train station that gets a fair amount of press. I have seen it but not stayed there and cannot remember the name.
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If you're at all a science geek, be sure to visit the following:
Los Alamos, about an hour nice drive from Santa Fe IIRC. Federal atomic research site, famous for the development of the atomic bomb. There's a museum in a sort of strip mall on the way into town, then some preserved historic buildings showing how the rearly researchers lived. You can drive around some of the facilities but there are a lot of restricted areas in town.
Museum on military base next to ABQ. IIRC you need to make an advance reservation to get a gate pass: Free and free parking. Focus on atomic power/weapons and aircraft.
Also next to ABQ is Sandia National Labs, but AFAIK there's no way to enter as a "tourist."
New Mexico has (arguably) the oldest place of continuous habitation in the United States' present borders, a Native American pueblo village named Acoma -- claimed to have been settled in 1150. http://sccc.acomaskycity.org/history This village may also have had Anglos living there continuously for longer than Anglos have lived in St. Augustine, FL, thus perhaps making Acoma also the oldest place in the United States of permanent Anglo settlement.
Where would you sleep for 2 nights?
which town is better.
While all of these places are interesting, Santa Fe (IMHO) is truly unique - with its mix of Native American, Mexican, and US cultures - in so many ways and with so opportunities to experience it. Food, art, crafts, architecture, scenery, and most important, people.
Yes, the other places have some of this, but not to the extent that you find in Santa Fe.