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Saturday April 7 11:00am

Guided nature hikes

Walk and Discover Nature

Ongoing throughout the year

Flower and Garden Show

Discover New Flowers

Join us this March 23-25, 2018

Art in Roman Life

Cedar Rapids
Museum of Art

View Roman Antiquities on Display

Ever wanted to travel the Southwest but not sure which destination to pick? New Mexico is one of our favorite destinations due to its overall bang-for-your-buck value, its deep-rooted culture, its near endless shopping and unique dining options. We provide a complete itinerary for your consideration on your next travel. Our itinerary is intended for healthy young middle age couples, with no pets or children and are non smokers.

Our Best Time to Travel

Our favorite time to travel anywhere in the world is either early fall or late spring. Especially early fall as most kids are back in school and colleges are back in session. The crowds are small if at all, most everything is on sale and your saving options are ample. Sure you have to consider possible cool and wet weather but that’s can add an additional layer to your whole experience.

Checkout The Weather Channel monthly average map at this link https://weather.com/maps/averages/normal-temperature to get an idea of your departure and arrival temps to pack accordingly.

Save by Doing your own Connections

You could book a ticket from your regional airport to your nearest international airport but you’re most likely wasting hundreds of dollars. Instead drive to your nearest large airport and park in long term or research your coach options such as bus or commuter train. We prefer to drive ourselves so that we have one less thing to worry about, the drive to and from the airport.

Click over to Flights.Google.com, our number one search engine for flight savings. Of if your using a travel consolidation site such as travelocity, make sure you use an incognito tab to save even more. Cookies aren’t always your friend.

Get the Cheapest Hotel you’re Comfy With

We will not recommend that you use room sharing apps for your accommodations, as we’ve never had good experiences using any of them and to be truly honest, we don’t feel at all comfortable sharing a home with a stranger. Besides a standard hotels offers complimentary breakfast, privacy, secure parking and common politeness.

And save more money by booking the least expensive hotel you’re comfortable with. A truck stop hotel although cheapest, is not recommended but a five-star spa resort is a bit overkill if you don’t intend on using any of the onsite extras. And all hotel beds are uncomfortable regardless of price.

Remember to use both the  hotel’s direct website and a travel consolidation site such as travelocity to compare rates. And always use an incognito tab to save even more. Cookies aren’t always your friend.

Book an SUV for Adventure

For a car we recommend one of them travel sites, incognito of course and make sure to book a Midsize SUV.  Sure we’re going to stay local but we’re also going to discover the beauty of the desert.

The pick-up and drop-off should be the airport your landing in and always double check the times match with your landing and departure times plus or minus 2 hours.

Be Like a Local with Culture and Arts

After a day of traveling to your destination the last thing we want to do is travel more to a remote adventure. So first on our destination after a good fresh breakfast and strong coffee is the local culture.

If your first day in Albuquerque is a weekend we suggest you move your visit to a weekday to avoid crowds and weekend rates.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
1801 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87104

We’re going to visit dinos! The permanent collection has several large dinosaur skeletons on display not to mention all the natural regional history to view. http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org/exhibits/sections/permanent-exhibits

Our next stop is the local native cultural center, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
2401 12th Street NW Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104

We plan to admire the pottery on display alongside modern native art and culture on display. The Artists Circle Gallery exhibits current artist’s works and the onsite Library can offer an in dept research opportunity. We’re going to research anything folklore and religious related.

After our museum visit is time for lunch and what’s for lunch? Tacos is what’s for lunch! The city has so many places to choose from that we’re going to wing it based on what local’s suggest.

To help us walk off our delicious lunch we’re returning to Old Town Albuquerque. Click the map for complete details.

We plan to visit the numerous art galleries, clothing stores, trading posts, gift shops and any number of odd shop we come across. If you’re into the now cancelled TV show Breaking Bad, you can take an RV tour from this location.

Old Town also has the ABQ Bio Park, the local Aquarium park, Botanical Gardens and the Zoo.

For dinner we made reservations at the beautiful Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm, the menu is available here: https://www.lospoblanos.com/dining/

Walk in the Past with Ancients

We decided to pickup lunch before heading out to Chaco Canyon. We don’t recommend getting subway as they tend to get very soggy and don’t keep well after an hour. Instead we picked up some bread and deli plus water and chips to bring with us to make sandwiches once there. You can make the sandwiches without mayo, and place them back in the bread plastic bag back-to-back for easy carrying.

The drive to Chaco Canyon is 3 hours from Albuquerque, and having extra sandwiches would be a good idea. You can avoid any threat of bad deli by replacing it with peanut butter.

Park fees are available here: https://www.nps.gov/chcu/planyourvisit/fees.htm and additional information is available for guided tours and camping. We plan on doing our own touring of the site and take in as much as we can for a few hours before returning to Albuquerque.

Remember to have fun and never give up on your curiosity!

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