Santa Fe, A Day Trip in Photos
One of the great pleasures of staying in Albuquerque is its proximity to a myriad of worthwhile day-trip excursions. Most require a car to visit. However, due to the development of the New Mexico Rail Runner Express, Santa Fe, one of the best day trips from Albuquerque, can now be reached by a very pleasant commuter train ride. Indeed, the train schedules are such that you can hop on a Rail Runner from Albuquerque in the afternoon, arrive in Santa Fe in time to do a couple of hours of sightseeing, have a great meal, and catch a well-timed train home in the evening. It is the perfect way to enjoy the urbane and artistic attractions of Santa Fe for an afternoon without worrying about the long drive back to Albuquerque.
What To Do In Santa Fe On Your Day Trip
Stroll Along Canyon Road
One of the most pleasant ways to spend a couple of afternoon hours in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is by strolling along Canyon Road. Known for its art galleries and charming Adobe buildings, Canyon Road looks its best in the spring and summer months when the flowers are in bloom and the afternoon sun kisses the Adobe architecture with a warm, textured glow (the autumn season with its golden-leaved aspens is spectacular as well).
The photos here show a sample of the wonderful textures and time-worn patina that so artistically adorns many of the buildings along Canyon Road in Santa Fe. Be sure to bring a camera!
An afternoon stroll through downtown Santa Fe rewards the eye with a display of hand-finished textures and colors that truly makes Santa Fe the “City Different.” The imperfections and textures seen in many of the older buildings add so much to the hand-hewn charm of Santa Fe.
There is a fierce creativity that courses through the veins of Santa Fe. From city planning to art galleries, aesthetics are a priority, making this high-desert gem a delight to the eye at every turn.
Feed Your Santa Fe Appetite
Santa Fe is well known for its world-class dining and New Mexican cuisine. After your stroll and window browsing, you will have a healthy appetite that can be served by any of the great restaurants near the downtown Plaza. There are excellent restaurants in or near the Santa Fe Depot (such as the excellent New Mexican food at Tomasita’s). Always lively and a great dining experience! After a satisfying meal, stretch your legs and relax on the comfortable train ride back to Albuquerque.
Are looking for good dining at bargain rates in Santa Fe? Ask the locals who work in the shops and hotels where they go for lunch. They can often guide you affordable dining that falls below the radar of tourist guides that focus on pricier dining experiences.
Acclimate, Hydrate, Slather, Sweater
Finally, here are four tips to help you get the most from your trip to Santa Fe. Keep in mind that Santa Fe is 7,000 feet above sea level. The air is thinner and dryer. You may find that you tire more easily. If you are here for the first time, allow yourself to acclimate. It usually takes about 48 hours to adjust fully. Staying properly hydrated will help you to adjust. This is the (high) desert. Be very careful about alcohol intake. One drink in Santa Fe has the effect of three at sea level. Slather on the sunscreen (even in the winter months). You are closer to the sun in Santa Fe due to the altitude. Finally, bring a sweater if you plan to be out after sunset. Even in the summer months the temperature can drop up to 30 degrees or more once the sun goes down.
Enjoy Your Santa Fe Day Trip!
After a pleasant commute back to Albuquerque, you can pick up your car from the secure parking garage just across from the Alvarado Transportation Center, well rested from not having to drive back from Santa Fe. This is a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon!
All photos by Don Peterson (the man in the Panama hat).