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Did somebody say road trip? Take some time to discover the magnificent landscape and diverse cultures surrounding the city. When you stay in Santa Fe, it's so easy to hit the road for day trips to nearby Taos, Abiquiú, Chama, Los Alamos, Madrid, Pecos or Las Vegas which are just a hop, skip and a jump away.

What a great opportunity to sit back and relax. Enjoy the ride and take in the magnificent landscape via your car window. Better yet, pull off on the side of the road to enjoy the view and snap a few photos for the folks back home.

Speaking of photo opportunities, there are ancient Indian ruins and traditional pueblos to explore as you wind through high mountain towns, sleepy valley villages and 19th-century mining areas. On the road, you will gaze upon the same majestic red rock country captured on canvas by Georgia O'Keeffe, one of America's greatest painters. Follow in the footsteps of pueblo ancestors, Spanish settlers, fur trappers, mountain men and American pioneers as you travel these fascinating scenic roads and byways near Santa Fe, in the heart of northern New Mexico.

See the collapsed crater of a volcano that erupted a million years ago. Experience the living legacy of Los Alamos, where scientists from around the world secretly created the first atomic bomb during World II's Manhattan Project. Next stop could be Taos Pueblo's multi-storied architecture built more than a thousand years ago or the "other" Las Vegas to admire the Victorian architectural gems.

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This is only a small slice of what there is to see and do in northern New Mexico. For more information and a way to order a state Vacation Planner check the New Mexico Department of Tourism site.

Click on our Tours section for a comprehensive list of companies leading guided tours in Santa Fe and its surroundings.

Explore the links below to learn more about sites worth visiting near Santa Fe.

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Fri., December 4, 2020

Jun 2 - Dec 31, 2020
Daily 8-11am

La Cieneguilla Petroglyphs Hike

Location: 505-988-4000
Event Type: Historical Tours

Learn about the history of the Native American people. Take a walk with us along the basalt rocks on which the Ancient Puebloans left petroglyphs (or rock art). What did these symbols - spirals, Kokopelli figures, serpents - mean?
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Jun 2 - Dec 31, 2020
Daily 8am-5pm

Weekend Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Santa Fe

Location: 805-603-5620
Event Type: Family Activities, Outdoor Adventure, Historical Tours

Participate in this fun Scavenger Hunt adventure in Santa Fe. Bring a team of 2-5 people and see the sights while solving clues, completing challenges and learning local history. Perfect for friends and families. Explore Santa Fe while having funǃ
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Sep 17, 2020 - Feb 28, 2021
Daily 8am-5pm

New Photo Book Released-The Light of Days Gone By: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian

Location: Craig Varjabedian Photography
Event Type: Family Activities, Art Shows, Shopping

Award-winning photographer Craig Varjabedian’s new book "The Light of Days Gone By" was 45 years in the making-a celebration of the beautiful light he has witnessed on his adventures. The beautiful book is available from the photographer's studio.
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Oct 6 - Dec 5, 2020
Daily 8am-5pm

Weekend Workshop

Location: Virtually NDI New Mexico
Event Type: Family Activities, Performing, Workshops & Classes

Join NDI New Mexico for an exciting workshop series. Learn dancing, acting, singing and more with some of our incredible teachers and excellent programsǃ
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