Question: Is Santa Fe or Albuquerque nicer?

I would not consider Santa Fe a better city than Albuquerque… each city has its virtues. Santa Fe is a more beautiful city in the southwestern tradition. Albuquerque is a more affordable option both for residents and travelers (Check out my post on things to do in Historic Old Town Albuquerque).

Is Santa Fe touristy?

Santa Fe is more geared to tourists and atmosphere, which it sounds is what you are looking for. It is a lovely place, there is a lot to see in terms of history, and there is easy access to other landmarks in northern New Mexico such as Bandelier, Taos and Chimayo.

What is the drive like from Albuquerque to Santa Fe?

On the interstate, Albuquerque to Santa Fe is just 65 miles, or about an hours drive. The Turquoise Trail, though, takes you up the long way, detouring via Tijeras and Route 14. Although the drive is only a little longer in distance, itll take 1 hour & 40 minutes because of the lower speed limit.

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