Albuquerque and Santa Fe are the most iconic cities in New Mexico. They are the perfect place to settle down for a travel nursing assignment, and a great base from which to explore all of the beautiful sights the state has to offer.
If you’re thinking of taking a travel assignment in New Mexico, you may be wondering: What is there to do?
We’ve created a three-day guide for Albuquerque and Santa Fe to help you. Think of it as a starter kit – a way to get a taste for what’s to come. We’re sure that once you start exploring with us, you’ll be convinced there’s no place quite like New Mexico.
Day 1: Albuquerque
We begin our trip at Mother Road in Albuquerque, a seven-block area lined with historic buildings built during the railroad boom era.
Catch a matinee feature at the KiMo Theater, a former cinema converted to the city’s center for the arts. Next, visit Maisel’s, a boutique specializing in American Indian craft products, where you might just find the perfect accessory to your outfit.
At that point, it’s time to leave Mother Road and travel to the rooftop deck at the Apothecary Lounge at Parq Central, a former hospital that has been converted into one of the city’s best hotels. The sunsets from this spot are not to be missed. If you’re looking for a snack, head over to the Golden Crown Panaderia in old-school Albuquerque. The empanadas are a crowd favorite.
If you’d rather get some exercise, rent a bicycle and follow the Paseo del Bosque trail, which hugs the Rio Grande.
Wrap the day up with some Carne Adovada (pork stewed in New Mexican red chili) at Mary & Tito’s.
Day 2: Albuquerque
Start your day with a hearty breakfast at Sophia’s Place, the renowned reboot of a celebrated Albuquerque institution. Tacos, huevos rancheros, and huevos divorciados are fan favorites.
Then, make your way to the Downtown Albuquerque Rail Station and catch the New Mexico Rail Runner Express, a train that will get you to Santa Fe in less than two hours for $9. You’ll arrive at the gorgeous Santa Fe Depot, a station opened in 1880 that serves as a cultural center of the revitalized Santa Fe neighborhood known as the Railyard.
While you’re there, stop by the El Museo Cultural Winter Market, filled with local vendors selling everything from cowboy memorabilia to native art. Check out the Railyard Artisan Market, a craft-lovers paradise. Or visit the Kakawa Chocolate House for a special “elixir,” a hot chocolate concoction based on ancient Mesoamerican recipes that is sure to lift your spirits.
Next, get some art in your system by visiting the New Mexico State Capitol building, which houses over 600 paintings, drawings and sculptures, all by New Mexican artists. BONUS: The entry to the facility is free of charge.
Finish off the day with dinner at Joseph’s – the caramel duck-fat ice cream is alleged to have converted many visitors to full time residents.
Day 3: Santa Fe
For our final day in New Mexico, we’ll jump straight to Santa Fe.
Wake up to a cup of coffee at Ohori’s, which has been making small batch brews for 30 years. Follow that up with breakfast at the Plaza Cafe, where feta omelets and blue-corn-and-pine-nut pancakes are calling your name.
After that hearty meal, you’re probably looking for a breather, so head out to the Valles Caldera National Preserve, a natural wonder on Santa Fe’s doorstep filled with elk, coyotes, and even bald eagles.
Then head to Ten Thousand Waves, a group of outdoor hot pools surrounded by pine trees. Pure bliss.
End the day with a casual dinner consuming one of New Mexico’s favorite dishes: the green-chile cheeseburger. One of the best is found at the Shake Foundation.
Experience New Mexico as a Travel Nurse
We’ve just scratched the surface, but it’s clear that New Mexico is full of unique treasures just waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re a foodie, nature lover, or just seeking a new adventure, now is the perfect time to pursue a travel nurse assignment in this lovely state.