On our first SW trip of 2 weeks we have planned: arrive Albuquerque , see sights, take I 40 to Sedona for 3 days then to Grand Canyon 2 days.Our next stop is Taos, then to Santa Fe and return flight out of Alb.Want to do Santa Fe after Taos because this way we will be in Santa Fe on a Friday night for musuem nights. The route is planned this way because of lodging availability in G.C.we have reservations inside GC and don't want to change that.
The question : can you suggest a route from GC to Taos that will not take us backtraking through I - 40 . We have 2 weeks and enjoy scenic drives( rental car ), art, museums, dinning, easy walks, and prefer not driving more than 5-6 hrs. Have read a lot ,looked at maps but can't figure the best alternative. Really look forward to your suggestions T.A.is the best for planning trips !