weekend getaway from Santa Fe to Albuquerque

Santa Fe to Albuquerque

Folks from Santa Fe take a getaway from Santa Fe to Albuquerque! As lovely as Santa Fe is, they want to come to a larger city with more museums, shopping and entertainment. Albuquerque has 20 museums, many live entertainment venues and dozens of shopping areas. Everyone loves the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico–the fascinating culture, exciting environment, and famous attractions draw countless visitors to this state’s capital all year long.

One of the best things to do while staying here is to explore the many surrounding cities and attractions. Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, is the ideal spot for a weekend trip from Santa Fe. Full of rich history, amazing restaurants, and fun activities, Albuquerque, NM, is a great destination for anyone, no matter what you love to do. Discover what this amazing city in the high desert has to offer and start planning your weekend trip from Santa Fe to Albuquerque today.

everything you need to know about weekend getaways from Santa Fe to Albuquerque

Santa Fe to Albuquerque distance

The Santa Fe to Albuquerque distance totals to approximately 65 miles. It takes a little over an hour to drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, the perfect amount of time for a laid-back, leisurely weekend trip.

If you don’t want to drive, hop on the Rail Runner in Santa Fe. This is a fun and inexpensive way to travel from Santa Fe to Albuquerque! This trip is less than $10 round-trip and offers comfortable seats and quick transport. You’ll also be treated to gorgeous views of the surrounding New Mexico scenery flying past. Check the Rail Runner weekend schedule to see what departure times work best for your itinerary.

things to do during your weekend trip from Santa Fe to Albuquerque

A weekend isn’t much time to see the abundant attractions in Albuquerque! However, you’ll be able to get a taste of what this city has to offer. From exciting outdoor recreation to fascinating museums, Albuquerque has something for everyone. Take a look at a few can’t-miss area highlights that you won’t want to miss while you’re here to ensure you have the best possible visit to this beautiful and unique area.

Parks and Outdoor Recreation Areas

Between parks, open space areas, wildlife areas and hundreds of miles of trails in and around Albuquerque, we have a ton of ways to get outside and enjoy the wide open spaces. Here are just a few of our favorites.

Volcano Park

Petroglyph National Park

Sandia Peak Tramway

Museums and Historic Sites

Albuquerque has 20 museums and numerous historic sites, from the well-known Anderson-Abruzzo International  Balloon Museum to the small Telephone Museum of New Mexico. Here are a few of the museums most tourists want to visit.

Albuquerque Natural History Museum

ABQ BioPark

Albuquerque Art Museum

Albuquerque Balloon Museum

New Mexico Natural History Museum

American International Rattlesnake Museum


No visit is complete without a meal at a great restaurant. Here are some of our favorites. For even more information on restaurants, request our Vacation Guide.

Antiquity Restaurant

Monroe’s Restaurant

High Noon Restaurant and Saloon


Live entertainment of all kinds can be found in Albuquerque. Look for live music, improv, open mike nights, opera, flamenco, Broadway shows, top bands, and local community theater productions. There are far too many to list, so here are our top picks:

Albuquerque Little Theatre

Kimo Theatre

Isleta Amphitheater

Popejoy Hall

Opera Southwest

South Broadway Cultural Center

Casa Flamenca

National Hispanic Cultural Center

where to stay in Albuquerque

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Enjoy your weekend trip from Santa Fe to Albuquerque by staying in the finest accommodations in town! Stay with us at the Bottger Mansion of Old Town, a historic bed and breakfast in Albuquerque, to complete your trip to this exciting city. We offer comfortable rooms, outstanding amenities, and friendly hospitality to guarantee you have a wonderful time here. 

Explore the many attractions of Albuquerque or simply relax in the peace and quiet of our cozy inn. Our beautiful oasis in New Mexico is waiting for you, so check our availability and book your stay today!

Start planning your trip from Santa Fe to Albuquerque today by requesting our free Vacation Guide, your ultimate resource to the many things to do in Albuquerque.

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