Our family is heading to NM the last week in Sept. We are from TX, driving to Carlsbad first, then heading up through Roswell (we will stop briefly and geek out). Our first full day in Albu we will do the Sandia tram, Old Town and the Natural Sci & History Museum (Titanic exhibit). We live in Austin and are close to big cities, so I don't think we need the zoo/botanical garden/aquarium experience.
We have 2 more days in the area whille we are based out of Albu. I was thinking Santa Fe, of course, but I can't really find much that's very fun for kids. I thought of maybe taking Rt 14 (Turquoise Trail?) there and stopping where we want to. Then once in SF we will visit the Plaza and the must-see buildings there. Is there anything else close enough for the afternoon? Maybe a question for the SF forum.
On the other day in the area I was thinking of heading North to Rt 4 and going over to Bandelier. Does anyone know if you can get to Tent Rocks from there? I can't tell on my map. I think the scenic drive, picnic somewhere, stop in Los Alamos maybe. Would we have time to go to something else on that route? Should I skip Tent Rocks and try for Santa Clara Pueblo?
I guess it's safe to say I am having a tough time getting a handle on what to do and what is in proximity to what other stuff. We don't want fine dining, galleries, or shopping. We like Old Town type areas though. At least for a little while.
Can you think of something else we should do? I mentioned Bandelier, Santa Clara, Tent Rocks, etc...we love stuff like that. Petroglyphs and ancient sites, but not very strenuous hiking.