Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Alamos NM

Didnt stay too long in Albuquerque .  Old Town is a nice for a one day visit, to stroll around looking at shops.  (3/5 self-rated for tourists)

I read about the Balloon Fiesta Park, but didn’t go see it since I figured without the balloons, it’s a lot of empty space.  I opted for Ellena Gallego Picnic Area (no picture), instead.  Nice view of the city.  (2.5/5 self-rated for tourists)

Just South of Santa Fe, La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site.  It’s not a tourist location, just a 5min hike from off the highway.  In a break in the fence, at the peak of the mountain, there are these petroglyphs.  (1/5 self-rated for tourists)


Santa Fe, wrapping normally, from top-left.

  1. Santa Fe Plaza.  Downtown shopping area.  (4/5 self-rated for tourists)
  2. Mural on Railroad Station.  (3/5 self-rated for tourists)
  3. Shake Foundation.  The famous Chili Cheese burger.  If you can’t handle spicy, it’s still ok.  But you’ve got a IBS thing, it’s fine, use it as excuse to get the root beer shake to wash it down.  (4/5 self-rated for tourists)
  4. Railyard district.  Shops.  Within walking distance is Railyard Park to hang around in.(3/5 self-rated for tourists)

Hmm, why is the bear facing away from the window?

Santa Fe was 65 degrees the entire time I was here.  Welcome relief from the New Mexican sun.  There are some suburbs I’ve seen bigger, but Santa Fe has a feel of a quiet tourist community like Bar Harbor.

Los Alamos is next…

Completed the Texas sites, if we skip Odessa (popularized by movie Friday Night Lights), and Amarillo (Cadillac Ranch), bc they are really out of the way and I wanted to make as many southern cities before the height of summer.  Bugs worked out, biscuits are back on the menu.

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Just north of Santa Fe is Camel Rock, if you like taking pictures of interesting rock formations.  (3/5 self-rated for tourists)



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