The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust

When I came across this quote, I immediately thought about the drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. A lot of people don’t even know it, but I-25 is not the only game in town. You can save yourself the road rage and traffic jams and travel to our northern neighbor via New Mexico Route 14. When comparing them both on a map, 14 is actually shorter, but the speed limit is lower, so the travel time is virtually the same. What I-25 lacks is the sweeping panoramic views of the less familiar east side of the Sandias, the Sangre de Christos and Santa Fe Baldy to the north, the sweeping plains of the estancia off to the east and the quaint, campy mining town of Madrid, made famous by Hollywood in the movie Wild Hogs.
Rt. 14 winds through foothills and valleys offering spectacular views on an almost empty road. Old timey New Mexico roadside attractions of sanctuaries and sculptures dot the quick trip north. It’s also a great way to wow out-of-town visitors fresh off an airplane with the diversity of the landscapes of the Land of Enchantment.
This drive is so wonderful, its defies further adjective-ification, get a fast car with a big engine that can handle some curves and go drive it already.


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