New Mexico ~ Land of Enchantment
Join us for a magical, exuberant and colorful journey. Fall under the spell of New Mexico: stark red rocks, cottonwood-lined creeks, lingering tangerine sunsets, bright flowers, the green flash of a hummingbird zipping by. Shift gears and soak-in the sense of deep time, recorded in deeply eroded canyons, wind-polished rock, layers of ancient geology, and whispering vestiges of enigmatic pueblo cultures. Savor the taste of flame-roasted chilies, piquant salsas, and stuffed sopaipillas. This “land of enchantment” is a place diverse in culture and scenic beauty. In both Albuquerque and Santa Fe you’ll discover cities rich in multiculturalism, natural beauty and profound history.
Santa Fe is arguably New Mexico’s most charming city. It certainly earns its designate as the City Different! The downtown neighborhood preserves its historic past as well as highlighting its contemporary look. Famous for its amazing and numerous art galleries and fine restaurants, Santa Fe also boasts its antiquity as the oldest State capitol in America (400 years). It’s also the second largest art market in the country and is home to the latest trends in contemporary art.
Albuquerque is New Mexico’s largest city. Framed by stunning mountains and with a captivating mix of Mexican, Spanish, and Native American cultures, this vibrant city bursts with fascinating landmarks.
Day 1 ~ Depart early morning from the Yuma area. Travel through the Mazatzal Mountains and the city of Payson. Visit some unique sights in Holbrook, where we spend the night. Independent dinner at your leisure.
Day 2 ~ Discover the Petrified Forest National Park and Rainbow Forest Museum. The Petrified Forest is known for its fossils, especially fallen trees that lived in the Late Triassic, about 225 million years ago. Visit Gallup New Mexico, famous for murals, trading posts and its cultural center. The Gallup Cultural Center is housed in the Historic Santa Fe Depot. The building, designed by Fred Harvey’s personal architect, Mary Colter, has been rehabilitated and decorated to be reminiscent of the famous El Navajo Hotel, which used to stand just to the west of the depot. The building is on the historic buildings register.
Later, arrive in Santa Fe. Check in at our Santa Fe hotel for a 2-night stay.
Day 3 ~ The day is devoted to exploring the colorful sights of Santa Fe. Visit the Historic Plaza, the St. Francis Cathedral and more. Afternoon free time allows for individual exploration. Art buffs may make an optional visit to the Georgia O’Keefe Museum with over 1,000 of her works of art, or tour Canyon Road’s galleries. Optional no-host dinner to sample some local cuisine.
Day 4 ~ This morning travel north from Santa Fe to “Atomic City” Alamos and the Bradbury Science Museum. Here, approximately 40 interactive exhibits trace the history of the WWII Manhattan Project, highlight the current and historic research projects related to defense and technology, and focus on Laboratory research related to national and international economic, environmental, political, and social concerns. You don’t have to be a scientist to appreciate this place; the information is presented clearly without jargon.
Later in the day, travel along the historic Turquoise Trail. Prehistoric peoples made their homes here, Spanish missionaries explored the area and many battles were fought over this land. You will appreciate the stunning views and stops at interesting communities along the trail. Overnight in Albuquerque.
Day 5 ~ In Albuquerque, the Balloon Museum awaits. Walk in the door to see balloons and zepplins hanging from an oversized ceiling that seems to reach to the sky. Make a balloon rise at the touch of a button, get in a gondola and try to make your virtual hot air balloon lift. Learn to tie a knot so you can keep your balloon afloat.
Take a walk through history around Albuquerque’s Old Town, the serene village that has been the focal point of community life since 1706. Quiet hidden patios, winding brick paths, gardens and balconies are waiting to be discovered. Wrought iron and adobe benches beckon you to rest in the shade and watch people stroll by. Visit historic San Felipe de Neri Church and relax in the Rose Garden.
Later, visit Acoma Pueblo, also known as Sky City. the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America. Discover traditional Native American culture and living history. Take a guided tour of the ancient pueblo village atop a 367-foot sandstone bluff. Overnight in Gallup, NM.
Day 6 ~ In Flagstaff, visit Riordan Mansion, an impressive reminder of gracious living in a small, territorial logging town. The historic building is an Arizona treasure — a remarkable example of Arts and Crafts style architecture featuring a rustic exterior of log-slab siding, volcanic stone arches, and hand-split wooden shingles. The expansive home has forty rooms, over 13,000 square-feet of living area, and servant’s quarters. Arrive home in the late evening.
Santa Fe’s altitude is 7200 feet above sea level. Dress warmly, in layers, and wear good walking shoes.
$675 pp/do … Escorted tour includes 5 nights accommodation at quality hotels, 5 hotel breakfasts, admissions to attractions mentioned above, awesome sight-seeing as described, deluxe motorcoach transportation with professional driver. Single $985
March 4 – 9, 2018
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