1) NEW MEXICO´S HIGH DESERT The Land of Enchantment didn’t get that name by chance. The whole state is beautiful, but there are some long hauls along insufferably flat desert highway. So let’s skip those. From Albuquerque head east on I-40, exit Highway 3 and drive north. Stop in at Villanueva State Park for a picnic. Then keep going until you come to I-25. Head north to Las Vegas (New Mexico, not Nevada!) to spend the night. From there head north on Highway 518 crossing through Santa Fe National Forest to your destination for a couple of days: Taos. From there, head west/southwest on 68 to Española and swing by Chimayo and then to Santa Fe for a couple of days. From Santa Fe head south on 14 (the Turquoise Trail) and stop in and have lunch in the artist town of Madrid before continuing on to Albuquerque.
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