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Address: Highway 14, NM

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Great Way to Get to Albuquerque from Santa Fe

A friend recommended the Turquoise Trail as a route to get to Albuquerque from Santa Fe. We were not disappointed. Beautiful scenery and several fun, quirky places to explore. We... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 2, 2017
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

A friend recommended the Turquoise Trail as a route to get to Albuquerque from Santa Fe. We were not disappointed. Beautiful scenery and several fun, quirky places to explore. We enjoyed the time we took to walk around the city of Madrid.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

This is consistently rated one of the best drives in the US. It was nice but not worth going out of your way to see. The scenery isn't much different to the adjacent highway. The 'cute' towns are more like dodgy touristy cafes and "art" stores in front of yards full of shacks and caravans where I assume the owners... More 

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Philadelphia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

I recommend taking the Turquoise Trail from Alb to Santa Fe or vice versa especially if you have never been to NM. I took it one way from Alb to SF and really enjoyed the scenery. I wasn't as interested in stopping in the towns but did stop in Madrid and drove through another...these towns are SUPER tiny and literally... More 

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texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

We drove the Turquoise Trail from Santa Fe to Albuquerque. The scenery along the route is sometimes rather boring but also has spectacular scenery along the route. We stopped in Madrid and walked the entire street checking out all the unique and eyecatching shops. Madrid is a quirky town and we really enjoyed the shops and sculptures that dot the... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

We took the Turquoise Trail from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, it's a very nice drive and even though it takes a little longer than hopping on the interstate it's worth it for a nice view. If we would have had more time I would have wanted to stop & walk around the shops in Madrid.

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st. catharines
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

Having purposely searched out scenic drives I was very disappointed in this one. The amount of developed area on a scenic drive surprised me. There was about a 20 minute period driving through the mountains that was spectacular and the rest was development, houses and tourist traps wanting to separate you from as much as quickly as possible. Not worth... More 

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Denver
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

I read an article about the Turquoise Trail and thought it would be an interesting new area to explore while visiting Santa Fe. Not only does it take about 30 minutes to drive to Madrid each way from Santa Fe, but there is nothing worth seeing when you arrive. The shops which line the main road are just junk and... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

Enjoyed the drive on this 'trail' thru smaller towns to get toward Santa Fe. Found some cute shops along the way and good scenery. Not the fastest way to head north, but more interesting.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

Drove the Turquoise Trail on our from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. The scenery was stunning. Can't get over the beautiful landscape. Stopped in Madrid (no one could tell me why it is pronounced MADrid) for a quick lunch. Numerous options for cultural and recreational activities.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

From the other reviews it sounds like we should have stopped in Madrid. We did stop in Cerrillos and were very disappointed. There was not much there. We really didn't see anything great on our day trip.

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