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Albuquerque, New Mexico - Scenic Drives

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Scenic drives to consider in the Albuquerque area are listed below. Click on any scenic byway or backway listed below for complete information.

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  • 6.7 miles (10 km)

NM Route 448

  • Albuquerque - East

During colonial years, New Mexico was tied to the outside world by this one thoroughfare, El Camino Real, which descended the Rio Grande valley from Santa Fe on its way to Mexico City to the south.

  • 5 to 6 days to drive this Byway
  • 1410 miles (2269 km)

"...and they come into 66 from the tributary side roads, from the wagon tracks and the rutted country roads, 66 is the mother road, the road of flight." -- John Steinbeck in "The Grapes of Wrath".Route 66 means different things to different people, but freedom is a common theme. For families like t...

  • 1 hour to drive the byway
  • 13.6 miles (21 km)

Sandia Crest Byway is the highest scenic drive in the southwest, following NM 536 for nearly 14 miles up to Sandia Crest, which stands a mile above the surrounding countryside and two miles above sea level. The craggy, asperous western face of the Sandia Mountains contrasts the forested eastern slop...

  • 2 hours, including backtracking, to drive the Byway
  • 62 miles (99 km)

Travel the Turquoise Trail and discover a path packed with culture and history set in a landscape of mountains, canyons, forests, and rock formations. The route follows NM-14, leaving the busy interstates behind. Cover all the bases by seeing museums, cities, and scenery surrounding this route.Two m...

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