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New Mexico Stops on the Way

Albuquerque vs. Santa Fe Personality Quiz

Albuquerque hot air balloons, Santa Fe sculpture
Albuquerque hot air balloons, Santa Fe sculptureAdobe Stock composite

You’re headed through New Mexico en route to the Grand Canyon, but do you spend more time in the oldest capital city in the country, Santa Fe or the state’s largest city, Albuquerque, two unique spots just an hour’s drive from each other. Take this quiz to figure out where to spend your time.

Q. It’s time to catch amazing views. Where do you go?

Albuquerque: Ride an arial tramway to 10,378 ft.
Santa Fe: Hike two miles up to a peak.

Q. Your perfect day includes…

Albuquerque: Flying high in a hot air balloon.
Santa Fe: Wandering in and out of art galleries and cafes.

Q. When you think of a museum, your mind goes right to…

Albuquerque: Science and history museum.
Santa Fe: Art museum.

Q. You want to see modern Native American culture, so you visit…

Albuquerque: Cultural center with art and dance.
Santa Fe: Contemporary Native American gallery.

Q. Your idea of a great music scene is…

Albuquerque: Outdoor concert by a zoo and gardens.
Santa Fe: Outdoor opera with views of the mountains.

Q. The best breakfast ever is waiting for you at…

Albuquerque: Southwestern fare.
Santa Fe: Local and organic.

Q. Your favorite hotel is…

Albuquerque: Historic inn and organic farm.
Santa Fe: Designed and furnished by a famous architect.

Did you answer mostly Albuquerque or Santa Fe. See your itinerary match below. Or you could simply do both!

Santa Fe Itinerary

  • Hike to the top of Picacho Peak, a little under 4 miles round trip. From the top, you’ll see amazing views. of a number of mountain ranges, including a bird’s-eye view of Santa Fe. See Map.
  • Stroll along Canyon Road where you can wander in and out of art galleries and cafes tucked in quaint adobe houses along Canyon Road, a several-minute walk from La Plaza. See Map.
  • Visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum to see the colorful flowers and landscapes that helped shape American Modernism movement;
  • Visit the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, which showcases pieces from contemporary Native American artists;
  • Hear the Santa Fe Opera where views of the sunset and Sangre de Cristo mountains rival the performances in this open-air theater with a roof;:
  • Eat at Cafe Pasquale’s, a downtown mainstay for 37 years that uses local and organic food. Don’t leave without trying the sinful homemade hot chocolate;
  • Stay at La Fonda built in 1922 on the Plaza and furnished by architect Mary Colter with original artwork and hand-crafted furniture in every room;

Albuquerque Itinerary

  • Ride the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway to 10,378 feet to hike or take in the panoramic view. Dress in layers as the top can be 20 degrees cooler than the valley;
  • Fly high in a bright-colored hot air balloon, an activity that makes city residents proud to claim the unofficial title “hot air ballooning capital of the world;”
  • Visit the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History where the evolution of nuclear capabilities comes to life in exhibits about nuclear power and bombs;
  • Visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center which offers a world-renowned historic and contemporary collection of Pueblo art and textiles, plus dance performances;
  • Listen to everything from Irish music to jazz at a summer concert at the ABQ BioPark, which houses the zoo and botanic gardens;
  • Eat at Range Cafe, a local favorite since 1992, where the menu blends southwestern fare with typical American fare;
  • Stay at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, a 25-acre lavender farm, featuring a farm-to-table restaurant, store and elegant rooms;