We are planning to visit new Mexico in mid September for about 4 days. We'd love to learn about the culture, enjoy nature, do some hikes, light shopping and also ensure the vacation is not too over-packed, meaning we get some time to relax as well.
Our plan is this.
Day 1: Land in ABQ. Drive to White Sands and enjoy the sunset there.
Day 2: A hike in White Sands in the morning and drive to Santa Fe. If time permits do some local shopping after sunset.
Day 3: In Santa Fe. Around 4pm, drive to ABQ via turquoise trail
Day 4: Sandia peak Tramway, Petroglyph Monument, Indian Peublo cultural center
Day 5: A few hours in Old Town and fly back from ABQ
For such a short time, there seems to be lot of things to do. It would be great to hear your expert suggestions to make the itinerary more practical and a wonderful experience.
Other inputs needed are:
1. Heard abt Sky City, El Malpais Monument, Taos Peblos, Rio Grande Gorge. Which of there are must-see places and how to accommodate them in our schedule.
2. Any good places to see en-route White Sands to Santa Fe?
3. Good, but inexpensive places to stay in Alamogordo, Santa Fe and ABQ
Thanks in advance!