10 days in New Mexico & Arizona Itinerary

10 days in New Mexico & Arizona Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner

Make it your trip
— 1 night
— 3 nights
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
— 1 night



— 1 night

Duke City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): engage your brain at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tingley Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Albuquerque holiday planner.

Kansas City to Albuquerque is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Albuquerque due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from Kansas City in May, with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Childrens Museums


— 3 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
On the 14th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Millicent Rogers Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Taos Art Museum, then admire all the interesting features of High Road to Taos, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally don't miss a visit to Taos Plaza.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Taos trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Taos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Albuquerque in May: high temperatures in Taos hover around 67°F and lows are around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

Santa Fe

— 2 nights

City Different

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Pecos National Historical Park and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to San Miguel Chapel and El Santuario de Chimayo. Step out of Santa Fe with an excursion to Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos--about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Palace of the Governors, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and gain insight with New Mexico History Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip maker site.

Drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in May, expect Santa Fe to be a bit warmer, temps between 73°F and 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): get great views at Mather Point, then hike along South Kaibab Trail, and then take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim and then take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Santa Fe to Grand Canyon National Park takes 9 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Santa Fe in May; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 68°F and lows reach 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Phoenix.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors


— 1 night
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. On the 21st (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Heard Museum and then take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Phoenix tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Phoenix in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, with highs in Phoenix at 93°F and lows at 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks · Museums

New Mexico travel guide

Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.

Arizona travel guide

Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.