American Experiences: Explore Albuquerque and Santa Fe

Road trip through New Mexico

Traverse the Turquoise Trail through mountains and desert on this adventure. You’ll discover two unique cities that mix history and culture seamlessly and the beautiful lands in between.



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Each American Experiences trip is designed for you to craft and customize your own adventure. Pick your own date, add or remove nights, upgrade your car, reverse cities, add on activities, and more. Our team of adventure experts has curated suggestions to make your trip incredible, and our team is standing by to assist you in creating your incredible adventure.

While crafting your road trip, be assured that your package includes centrally-located hotels, a Hertz car rental, breakfast daily, free hotel WiFi, hotel parking, and an adventure all your own.


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Day 1: Arrive in Albuquerque

Welcome to Albuquerque! Upon arrival, pick up your rental car and make your way to your hotel. The rest of the day is unscripted for you to relax and explore Albuquerque. 

Day 2: Albuquerque

Today, explore New Mexico’s largest city that sits in the high desert. The modern downtown contrasts with Old Town Albuquerque with its historic Adobe buildings, enticing collection of shops selling Native American handicrafts, galleries and artist studios. Nearby, The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center traces the area's tribal history. Perhaps today you'll enjoy the stunning southwestern scenery.

Day 3: Albuquerque to Santa Fe

Your adventure in Albuquerque would not be complete without a hot air balloon experience. Consider taking to the skies for a sunrise balloon ride before heading to Santa Fe via the scenic Turquoise Trail whenever you please. After checking in to visit the Palace of the Governors, check out the adjacent New Mexico History Museum and the Indian Art & Culture Museum.

Day 4: Santa Fe

Santa Fe, nestled amidst the Sangre de Cristo mountains is well known for its art scene. The combination of mountains and Adobe architecture makes for very charming scenery. This great small city, founded by the Spanish over 400 years ago, has lots to offer. Perhaps venture out on a day trip to Taos by heading north on the High Road, taking in the scenic vistas through high-dessert badlands. Want to add a little adventure to your trip? Perhaps white water rafting on the Rio Grande will be your choice today.

Day 5: Farewell

Your journey ends in Santa Fe today as you leave with wonderful memories of the rich history, the breathtaking scenery and artistic culture of the Southwest.

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Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon: Sunrise

Watch daylight appear above the Rio Grande Valley during a sunrise hot air balloon ride from Albuquerque, and see the first rays illuminate the rugged Sandia Mountains. Take in stunning aerial views and dip low enough to skim the Rio Grande, then rise back up above the desert landscape. Touch down after a 1-hour flight, and begin the day with sparkling wine and a light continental breakfast before returning to your launch site.
Starting at $160 per person

Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon: Sunset

Watch sunset ignite the Rio Grande Valley on a hot air balloon ride from Albuquerque, and see the evening light transform the Sandia Mountains and desert landscape. Enjoy commentary from your pilot throughout the flight, and spot the region’s landmarks as you soar above the rugged terrain; dip low to skim the Rio Grande and capture unforgettable, aerial images of New Mexico’s largest city. Touch back down after a 1-hour flight, then linger over an elegant picnic of sparkling wine and snacks before returning to your launch site.
Starting at $195 per person

Rio Grande Whitewater Rafting Excursion

Go white water rafting on the Rio Grande River in New Mexico on this half-day tour from Taos. Your guide provides all necessary gear and paddle instruction for your 5-mile trip, which can be scheduled for the morning or afternoon. Zip through class 3 rapids that provide a fun ride for all levels of experience!
Starting at $62 per person

Santa Fe Beer & Art Tour

We will start our day with our first New Mexico brewed beer at the Upper Crust Pizza while getting to know our fellow beer drinkers. Then we will start the walking tour visiting the Oldest House, Oldest Church, State Capitol and Bataan Memorial Building to view over 300 works of art along with history of Santa Fe then conclude at Del Charro Saloon or Santa Fe Brewing Co. for our final local beer!
Starting at $40 per person


American Experiences: Explore Albuquerque and Santa Fe



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