Santa Fe and Albuquerque Must-Dos

There is an abundance of activities to choose from in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque—two of the most culturally vibrant cities in New Mexico. From the art galleries on Canyon Road to the Sandia Peaks, Santa Fe and Albuquerque are teeming with possibilities for adventure. But what is a must-do activity in each city if you only have one day? That’s easy. Hit up Meow Wolf in Santa Fe then drive south and bar hop through Nob Hill and downtown Albuquerque.

Meow Wolf—a Santa Fe must-visit.

As a Santa Fe resident, I get asked all the time: exactly what is Meow Wolf? Is it an art museum? A glorified playground for adults? My answer: it’s an experience. With a mysterious narrative woven into the massive building of art installations, Meow Wolf is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. So when my best friend, Bianca, came for another visit to Santa Fe, I took her to experience Meow Wolf. And it was a night to remember.

Bianca illuminated in the neon light at Meow Wolf.

The next morning we decided to share another iconic New Mexico experience: the Great New Mexico Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival. We ran around the expansive field behind the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, enjoying the beer, food, and music.

The Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Museum, a beautiful location for the Great New Mexico Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival.

After a solid introduction to the local beer scene, we kicked it up a notch at Nob Hill—a historic and chic neighborhood in Albuquerque known for dining, shopping, and nightlife. We played cards at Hops Brewery, scarfed down half a pizza at Slice Parlor, and checked out some guitars at a local vintage shop.

No afternoon is complete without a few Instagram-worthy shots.

When we ran out of quarters for the parking meter, we made our way to the historic house of Walter White (after a couple wrong turns).

*Note to all Breaking Bad fans: the house is a private residence and you will see a gate encompassing the entire property.

After a quick peek, we were back on the road and heading to downtown Albuquerque. We made it back into the city just as the sun was setting, which is a perfect time to grab a beer at one of Albuquerque’s local pool halls, Anodyne. One of many unique Albuquerque bars, Anodyne has a bookshelf of classics, an inexpensive drink menu, and a row of pool tables to keep you satisfied.

So if you’re planning a visit to New Mexico, don’t limit yourself to one city. Take a day to explore Santa Fe before bar hopping through Albuquerque.

Until next time,

Leah Pinkus


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