Planning to spend Christmas in Santa Fe and we're trying to decide whether to fly from Phoenix and rent a car in Albuquerque or drive from Phoenix to SFe and back. If we drive it will be in a little Phoenix (no snow tires) Hyundai Elantra. Concerns are costs and safety.
Google says fastest drive is Rte. 40 from Phoenix to Albuquerque and 60 north to Santa Fe (8+ hrs) but I hear that it's deadly dull. Anybody have any suggestions? I'm willing to do a slightly longer drive, but want it to be over in one day and don't want to drive in excessive snow with desert tires.
Many thanks for any suggestions.