Driving from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, New Mexico is a rapid 85mph highway ride without any turns and takes an hour to 2 hours depending on traffic. You could also go a different way and spend an entire day or many days between the 2 cities by venturing on to the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. The Scenic and Historic Area encompasses 15,000 square miles in the heart of central New Mexico, still linking Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The drive is approximately 50 miles along Highway 14. Enjoy a breathtaking view from atop Sandia Crest, then drive back into history through the mining towns of Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos, now coming alive with art, crafts, theater, music, museums and restaurants.
Don't rush, take your entire photo kit and use all your lenses, filters and other toys to create some great images you will cherish for a while.