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Pre-Conference Tours
Thursday, August 24, 2017

 

Santa Fe via the Turquoise Trail
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Registration Fee: $99

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The historic Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway links Albuquerque and Santa Fe and encompasses 15,000 square miles in the heart of central New Mexico. You will drive back into history through the mining towns of Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos, whose mines once yielded gold, silver, lead, zinc, and turquoise. During its heyday in the 1880s Cerrillos boasted twenty-one saloons, and four hotels. A renewed spirit has brought art, crafts, theater, music, museums, and restaurants to these towns.

Upon arrival in Santa Fe you may take an optional guided walking tour, visiting such points of interest as the historic Plaza, St. Francis Cathedral, the Loretto Chapel, with its famous “miraculous” staircase, and the San Miguel Mission. Founded in 1610, Santa Fe today it is the heart and soul of the Southwest, and “Santa Fe Style” is synonymous with all the best the region has to offer. Its historic Plaza, winding streets, covered arcades, hidden gardens and courtyards, and Pueblo-style architecture reflect the blending of Indian, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures.

Attendees will have lunch on their own at one of the many restaurants in the Plaza area. Your guide will provide maps and offer suggestions. After lunch you may continue to explore on your own or indulge in a southwestern shopping spree at the many unique specialty stores and galleries around the Plaza. Nearly all the city’s main cultural attractions are also within walking distance of the Plaza, including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Palace of the Governors.


Sightseeing Tours
Friday, August 25, 2017

Tour 1: Santa Fe
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Registration Fee: $35

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Travel I-25 north to Santa Fe for a quick visit. Upon arrival you may take an optional guided walking tour, visiting such points of interest as the historic Plaza, St. Francis Cathedral, the Loretto Chapel, with its famous “miraculous” staircase, and the San Miguel Mission. Founded in 1610, Santa Fe today it is the heart and soul of the Southwest, and “Santa Fe Style” is synonymous with all the best the region has to offer. Its historic Plaza, winding streets, covered arcades, hidden gardens and courtyards, and Pueblo-style architecture reflect the blending of Indian, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures.

Nearly all the city’s main cultural attractions are also within walking distance of the Plaza, including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Palace of the Governors.

Tour 2: Sandia Peak Tram – SOLD OUT
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Registration Fee: $35

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Travel east to the foothills of the Sandia Mountains for a ride on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway, one of the world’s longest free-span cable tramways! The 2.7-mile tramway ride to the top will take you through four of the seven life zones found in North America. Traversing these zones is equivalent to taking a trip from Mexico City to Alaska! Once atop Sandia Peak, at an elevation of 10,378 feet above sea level, you will marvel at the thousands of square miles of breathtaking scenery and panoramic views in all directions.

Next you’ll visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, a Duke City landmark dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Pueblo Indian culture, history and art. It showcases the lifeways and culture of the indigenous inhabitants of New Mexico. The Center has a museum, gallery and gift shop.

Your final destination is the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Here, you’ll find a schedule of art exhibits that celebrate Hispanic culture and attempt to bridge cultural gaps. Located in the Barelas neighborhood, the National Hispanic Cultural Center has been promoting Hispanic culture through art since 2000. While this cultural center mainly exhibits ancient and modern Hispanic art, it also offers traditional dance classes, craft workshops, and literary readings. The most popular events that the National Hispanic Cultural Center schedules are the many concerts, films, and theater productions, most of which present traditional Hispanic themes. However, the cultural center doesn’t limit itself to Hispanic culture, and often welcomes Indian, African, and Native American performers.

NOTE: In the event of high winds or severe weather the tram reserves the right to suspend operations.

Tour 3: Bosque Biking
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Registration Fee: $35

Join us and Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals for a memorable bicycle journey through some of Albuquerque’s most majestic scenery as we lead a leisurely, scenic ride along the famous Rio Grande Bosque River Trail starting from our Old Town locations.

The Bosque bike path is a paved long route dedicated to bicycles and pedestrians, covered by cottonwood trees, and rides alongside the Rio Grande River through the Rio Grande Valley State Park.

Our two-hour, 9-mile bicycle tour showcases the beautiful scenery, flora and fauna of this unique river trail as our professional tour guides identify the many historic and significant landmarks along the way. Tour stops include the animals at the Rio Grande Nature Center, public art and a visit with the elephants at the Rio Grande BioPark, Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm where guests can meander through the famed Lavender fields, lush gardens, visits with Alpca, and a working organic farm, and an up-close experience with the Rio Grande River.

This ride is enjoyable for all skill levels. Bike rental, helmet and water is provided. Sunscreen is recommended.

Tour 4: Hot Air Balloon Ride
6:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Registration Fee: $199

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Hour long hot air balloon ride over the Famous Sandia Mountains and Rio Grande Valley.

Tour 5: Old Town – Art, Fossils and Fun
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Registration Fee: $35

Your day begins with a visit to Old Town and a walking tour of the historic Plaza area. Old Town, the original center of Albuquerque, was founded in the early part of the 18th century and includes many historic buildings that form an architectural record of this city’s unique past. After the walking tour you may explore at your leisure four of Old Town’s unique museum attractions: New Mexico Museum of Natural History, Explora Science Center, Turquoise Museum and Albuquerque Museum of Art and History.

A walking tour map and water is provided.

Breaking Bad RV
Tour 6: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tour 7: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Registration Fee: $65

Miss Breaking Bad? Now you can take a 2 hour location tour in the RV just like the one on the show. Re-live the sights and sounds in our fully interactive tour.


Post-Conference Tours
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

High Road to Taos
7:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Registration Fee: $139

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Early morning departure for Taos on the Camino Alto, or High Road, through the scenic grandeur of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains past villages that date from the Spanish Colonial era. Arrive in Taos, a picturesque town nestled against the highest mountain peaks in New Mexico at 7,000 feet above sea level. The unsurpassed light of northern New Mexico has drawn artists to this picturesque city since the end of the nineteenth century, and today it is home to many outstanding museums and galleries.

First stop in Taos is the Rio Grande Gorge for a photo op, followed by a visit to the Millicent Rogers Museum, which houses an outstanding historical collections of Native American jewelry, ceramics, paintings, and weavings; Hispanic textiles, metalwork, sculpture; and a wide range of contemporary Southwestern art. The museum’s superb setting, with spectacular views of the many-hued Sangre de Cristo mountains, and its gracious adobe architecture, combining a historic Taos, New Mexico house with elegant additions designed by renowned architect Nathaniel Owings, add to the pleasure of visiting this Taos, New Mexico museum treasure.

Lunch on your own in the historic Plaza area before visiting the multistoried Taos Pueblo at the northern edge of town. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this Pueblo dates from the fourteenth century and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in North America.

Note: Taos Pueblo reserves the right to schedule unannounced closures for tribal and ceremonial purposes. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat and use sunscreen.

Hot Air Balloon Ride
6:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Registration Fee: $199

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Hour long hot air balloon ride over the Famous Sandia Mountains and Rio Grande Valley.


Post FAM Tours

Las Cruces FAM – CANCELLED
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 – Thursday, August 31, 2017

Registration Fees:
Tour Operators – Complimentary
Suppliers & Guests – $100

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Nestled in the fertile Mesilla Valley between the majestic Organ Mountains and the meandering Rio Grande, Las Cruces, New Mexico brings visitors face-to-face with world-class Mexican food, unique special events, historic attractions and three national monuments. The city is a blend of unique attractions, culture, historical sites and superb year-round weather with 320 days of sunshine per year! While on the SYTD Post FAM Tour, you will enjoy a taste of southwest New Mexico along with a “Spaceport America Behind-the-Scenes” Tour and a “Chile Farm-to-Table” experience, as well as other authentic and indigenous attractions. You will get a first-hand experience of the City of the Crosses!

Tucson FAM
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 – Friday, September 1, 2017

Registration Fees:
Tour Operators – Complimentary
Suppliers & Guests – $300

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Science, Spanish, Stories, & Song in Tucson! Explore student tour options in Tucson related to science, Spanish, history, performing arts and more. You are sure to be happily surprised by all the student tour options in this destination.

PLEASE NOTE: All the tours have been confirmed.

The following tours have been cancelled: Pre-Conference: Georgia O’Keeffe, Post-Conference: Churches of Chimayo, Post FAM Tour: Las Cruces FAM.

 

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