What is the best route from Austin to Santa Fe?

I need a change of scenery from my hometown of Austin, but I don’t plan on leaving the warm weather to do it! New Mexico sounds pretty cool. What’s the best route from Austin to Santa Fe?

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Answer provided by
Pat Roache
Answered on May 09, 2022
As a resident of the Great Lakes region, I can definitely respect your desire to stay in the heat. Not only are you headed to a great, historic destination but there are plenty of cool stops along the way! The best route from Austin to Santa Fe is focused around US-84 West and takes about 11 and a half hours of driving.
Here’s our Austin-to-Santa-Fe road trip route in detail with some suggested pitstops:
  • Take US-183 North out of Austin
  • Transfer to US-84 West in Brownwood where you can stop for a tour of the area’s plentiful cemeteries
  • Continue along US-84 to the state border with great detour options to explore Abilene State Park or the city of Snyder
  • Transfer to I-40 West in Santa Rosa, New Mexico—home of the Route 66 auto museum
  • Take US-285 North to I-25 South to reach your Santa Fe destination!
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