10 days in Albuquerque, Santa Fe & Taos Itinerary

10 days in Albuquerque, Santa Fe & Taos Itinerary

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10 days in Albuquerque, Santa Fe & Taos Itinerary

Start: Albuquerque
1
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Taos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Albuquerque

3
nights
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.
When in Albuquerque, make a side trip to see Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum in Pueblo of Acoma, approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Albuquerque Old Town, get curious at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ABQ BioPark Zoo.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Albuquerque. In September, daily temperatures in Albuquerque can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum
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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, then get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, then explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, and finally ponder the world of politics at New Mexico Legislature.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santa Fe online day trip planner .

Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Albuquerque in September, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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nights
Taos

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Taos is known for historic sites, scenic drive, museums, adventure, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, see the interesting displays at La Hacienda del los Martinez, take a memorable drive along Enchanted Circle Drive, and don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals.

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Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Santa Fe in October since evenings lows in Taos dip to 33°F. On the 5th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites
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Balloon Rides
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

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