As the capital city of Arizona, Phoenix is one of the Southwest’s most bustling cities. With a lively nightlife scene, a rich culture, and abundance of things to do, how could anyone ever want to leave? While this fast-paced lifestyle can be exciting, it can also take its toll after a while, leaving you in need of a well-deserved getaway. Located approximately 6 ½ hours from Phoenix, Albuquerque is the perfect destination for a fun-filled road trip! With plenty of memorable things to experience along the way and when you arrive, you’re sure to rediscover relaxation and make memories that will last a lifetime. Here are just some of the best things to do on a Phoenix to Albuquerque road trip that you won’t want to leave off the map!
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things to do during your Phoenix to Albuquerque road trip
6 ½ hours may sound like a long and grueling trip, but if you plan in advance and make stops along the way, the road to Albuquerque can be half the fun! Here are a couple things to see between Phoenix and Albuquerque that are well worth stopping for, and also a place you can stop to rest for the night!
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Located in Sedona, AZ, the Chapel of the Holy Cross is known as an architectural landmark. Since its construction nearly half a century ago, the chapel continues to be one of the town’s main attractions and a true marvel for both visitors and the congregation. The chapel’s most prominent feature is a cross that seems to have been wedged into the rock by some devout pilgrim, who later built a chapel around it. You’ll be warmly welcomed to explore the church’s distinctive architecture and enjoy the panoramic views from the site.
If you’re a fan of the Eagles rock band, then you’re most likely familiar with the song called “Taking It Easy.” This song was the first single from the Eagles, who would soon become the best-selling American rock band not long after its release. One verse in the beloved song is about standing on a corner in Winslow, AZ. Today, a beautiful mural and statue stand at the intersection of 2nd and Kinsley streets in honor of the song that made the tiny town of Winslow famous. Over 100,000 travelers make a stop just to see and take pictures of the iconic corner that put Winslow, AZ on the map!
Petrified Forest National Park
If you’d like to stay the night in a unique place beyond the typical hotel room, we highly suggest the Petrified Forest National Park. This breathtaking destination allows backcountry camping in a completely serene and natural setting. While you’re there, be sure to explore the wide variety of hiking trails or embark on a horseback riding adventure.
4 things to do in Albuquerque
After checking in at the Bottger Mansion of Old Town, here are just some of the most popular things to do in our beloved city!
go on an adventure
There are many incredible ways to explore Albuquerque, and these moments become more memorable when you have your loved ones with you along the way. The Sandia Peak Tramway climbs the west face of the Sandia Mountains to provide the two of you with panoramic views of the surrounding scenery. We also highly recommend taking a hot air balloon adventure, which is an Albuquerque staple! There are several ballooning companies in town that will take you and your sweetheart’s romance to new heights high above New Mexico!
take a winery tour
Many visitors are unaware that the Southwest is an ideal region for growing wine grapes. With this in mind, you’ll know there’s no better way to spend an afternoon in Albuquerque than exploring the local wineries. The Casa Rondeña Winery is, without a doubt, one of the most romantic spots in Albuquerque. With their picturesque property and extensive wine cellars, you could spend hours tasting their award-winning wines and learning the fascinating history of this New Mexico treasure. Another hidden gem of Albuquerque is the Gruet Winery, which specializes in creating the finest sparkling and vintage wines in New Mexico’s dry climate. These wineries are great options for enjoying each other’s company while sampling some of the most divine wines you’ve ever encountered!
explore the local museums
From history and art to vintage automobiles, Albuquerque boasts a wide variety of museums that you’re sure to love! In fact, some of the most popular are within walking distance of our bed & breakfast in Old Town! It’s the perfect way to immerse in the colorful history of the Southwest and learn more about the New Mexico lifestyle.
attend an event
If you want to experience Old Town Albuquerque like a local, attending an annual event is one of the best ways! Albuquerque is also home to the world’s largest hot air balloon festival, the International Balloon Fiesta! Here are even more upcoming events that you won’t want to miss
- Old Town Holiday Stroll
- Fiestas de Albuquerque
- San Felipe de Neri Church Fiesta
experience the best getaways with the Bottger Mansion of Old Town
Complete your Phoenix to Albuquerque road trip by treating yourself to the best accommodations while you’re here! The Bottger Mansion of Old Town is a charming bed and breakfast in Albuquerque offering comfortable rooms, outstanding amenities, and friendly hospitality. Experience the many romantic things to do in Albuquerque or simply relax in the peace and quiet of our shady courtyard. You will love your time in our lovely oasis in Old Town, so check our availability and book your stay today!
If you haven’t already, don’t forget to download your free copy of our Albuquerque Vacation Guide! It’s a handy tool for planning the ultimate getaway to our Southwest destination!