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Best way to split 2-3 days for seeing Taos and Albuquerque?

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Best way to split 2-3 days for seeing Taos and Albuquerque?

Hello, all. I've already found many great ideas on these forums (thank you!), but still need some help from you.

We fly into Albuquerque mid-afternoon, driving to Santa Fe for 5 nights there, 4 full days to see the city + day trips, including Los Alamos and Bandelier. We're trying to decide the best way to spend 2-3 days (3 nights) seeing things in/around Taos and ABQ before a very early morning flight home. Not looking to slight either city, just have a limited amount of time.

We'd like to see Taos Pueblo; are we better off visiting Taos as a day trip from Santa Fe or staying there for 1-2 nights? We can extend a day in Santa Fe if that's best. Need to spend our last night in Albuquerque, but is only 1 day before heading home enough to see the city and surrounding area? Hope to also catch sunset at Sandia.

My husband and I like history, railroads, scenery, Very Easy hikes, great food. Maybe some shopping. Many thanks in advance for your suggestions. All the best, bonnielady

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1. Re: Best way to split 2-3 days for seeing Taos and Albuquerque?

Taos isn't much of a day-trip experience. Our little B&B requires a two-night minimum during our High Season because of both inventory management concerns and guest considerations. Inventory management requires that multi-night stays offer us more revenue. Guest Considerations means that we want our guests to get a Taos Experience that they can remember fondly for years to come.

Most people doing the quick day trip or the single overnight leave disappointed because Taos doesn't prepackage something for people to do or see.

Put another way, you know that you can shop and stroll and visit museums all within an easy walk in Santa Fe, but Taos doesn't offer much of those things over other experiences that require you to dig a little deeper and spend at least one night.

The Llama Trek featured for years in National Geographic's Bucket List or the Nation's newest National Monument aren't things you can do and leave back to somewhere. White water trips offered on the Rio Grande are best completed in and around Taos and even the Santa Fe outfitters often drive all the way to Taos with their customers. Why not stay in Taos?

Even single-night guests tend to get a little less than they had hoped for here since they get in late in the afternoon to check in, go to dinner and then find most shops closed. Those same shops don't open until later in the morning, so many one-night guests leave without even had the chance to see a little of the shopping. Taos aint' a shoppers paradise.

The reason that Taos consistently ranks near the top of many lists, including Smithsonian's Top Towns and Forbe's Top Destinations is because of what it offers anyone who wants to sink their teeth into an authentic experience.

As we like to say, "Taos is not attempting to be anything other than its authentic self."

We're not so much about moving more slowly here as we are about insisting that the speed of Taos is not the speed of a hit-and-run tourist. Despite many years of visiting and re-visiting this issue with professionals in the trade from all over the world, Taos simply cannot act in a way other than itself.

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