10 days in Albuquerque & Santa Monica Itinerary

10 days in Albuquerque & Santa Monica Itinerary

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10 days in Albuquerque & Santa Monica Itinerary

Start: Louisville
Drive:  20​h 45​min
1
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive:  12​h 45​min
2
Santa Monica
— 4 nights
Drive:  34​h
End: Louisville

1
night
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
On the 29th (Tue), take a memorable tour with Tours, admire nature's wide array of creatures at ABQ BioPark Zoo, and then stop by The Candy Lady. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque and then explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque holiday planner.

Louisville to Albuquerque is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Louisville to Albuquerque due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Louisville in May since evenings lows in Albuquerque dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Tours Zoos & Aquariums
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ABQ BioPark Zoo ©
ABQ BioPark Zoo
Balloon Rides

4
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Monica: Six Flags Magic Mountain (in Santa Clarita), Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara Zoo, Old Mission Santa Barbara, & more) and Knott's Berry Farm (in Buena Park). The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, buy something for everyone on your list at Third Street Promenade, look for gifts at Bergamot Station, and admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santa Monica travel itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Albuquerque to Santa Monica in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Albuquerque, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Santa Monica, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks Parks Tours

Side Trips

Santa Barbara, Knott's Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain

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