Albuquerque area: Old town, Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway, Rattlesnake Museum, Petroglyph National Monument, National Atomic Museum
Santa Fe: The Plaza, Loretto Chapel
side trips to Taos/Los Alamos: Bandelier National Monument, Bradbury Science Museum, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Taos Pueblo
We would be arriving in Albuquerque probably late afternoon (in July). I would like to spend 1 or 2 nights there, then move on to Santa Fe, via Turquoise Trail. I'm thinking I'd make Santa Fe our base to make day trips to Taos/Los Alamos. After 2 or 3 nights in Santa Fe, we would drive down to Carlsbad Caverns. I don't know if I will ultimately have to give up the caverns and sand dunes in order to be able to have a proper amount of time in the Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos area.
We are the type of family that is always on the go. We like to try to see and do as much as we can each day. We can sleep and rest when we get home. I know many people do not like to travel this way, but it works for us.
Thanks for your help!