Santa Fe

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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Santa Fe


Daytime attractions include the Old Town with its shop-lined plaza, as well as nearby museums, but in the evening, the sunset steals the show when it turns the Sandia Mountains pink.

Tags: family | culture | day trip | culinary

Bandelier National Monument

Explore pre-Columbian ruins in this verdant canyon. Cliff dwellings and a cave ruin accessible only by a steep ladder climb make this an adventure for the strong willed.

45 miles northwest of Santa Fe, NM, 505-672-3861 ext. 517,
Tags: outdoors | culture | architecture | history | day trip

El Rancho de las Golondrinas

This living museum just south of Santa Fe offers a glimpse into everyday colonial New Mexican life.

13 miles southwest of Santa Fe, NM, 505-471-2261,
Tags: family | culture | history | day trip

Ghost Ranch

An hour north of Santa Fe, explore the red-rock country that Georgia O’Keeffe called home, and that dinosaurs once roamed.

65 miles northwest of Santa Fe, NM, 505-685-4333,
Tags: family | culture | history | day trip


The hour-long drive to this artistic town affords views of the Rio Grande Gorge. Visit the Taos Pueblo, a United Nations World Heritage Site and the longest continuously inhabited community in the United States.

70 miles north of Santa Fe, NM,
Tags: family | art | culture | history | day trip

Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway

Take the back road through the Ortiz and Sandia Mountains from Santa Fe to Albuquerque and discover historic mining villages, ghost towns, and breathtaking scenery.

south end of Cerrillos Road (N.M. 14), NM,
Tags: views | culture | day trip | road trips

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