Give me 3.5 days of away-from-it-all time in the Southwest.
June 27, 2011 11:00 AM Subscribe
Help me plan a long-weekend getaway in the Southwest. I don't have enough time to make it a road trip, but would like to drive down some scenic roads. I don't want to camp in the wilderness, but would like see a national park. I don't want a full native-american experience, but would love to buy some native american jewelry. Some shopping/dining would be cool. I want to take more photographs than I'll ever have time to upload to flickr.
I am in NY. I can fly out on Friday afternoon, and fly back in on Tuesday afternoon, which gives me 3 days (Sat-Mon) and a 1/2 (Tue). I would like to go sometime over the next 6 weeks. I can rent a car once there.
I like: native american jewelry; rock formations/breathtaking scenery; national parks; strolls through charming towns; bed-and-breakfast or ranch-type lodging; photography, lots of it.
Not this time: spas; adventure (rafting, biking, climbing) (some hiking would be fine, especially in national parks); intense road tripping (I expect to and would like to drive some, especially if the roads are super scenic, but I don't want to spend most of the weekend on the road); native american cultural immersion (some jewelry, some art, a museum, would be enough).
I have read the posts on AskMeFi about Southwest travel, and several articles elsewhere, but mostly they focus on longer road trips. I know nothing about the Southwest, and I am more confused about where to go after reading all the suggestions. There's just too much to see and I am at a loss.
I *think* what I'm looking for is a town/city near a national park... right? But where? AZ, NM? Which park, which city? Is Santa Fe too big to give me an authentic taste of the Southwest? What else is there? Off-the-beaten-path would be just fine. So would the beaten path.