11 days in New Mexico & Colorado Springs Itinerary

11 days in New Mexico & Colorado Springs Itinerary

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11 days in New Mexico & Colorado Springs Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + Shuttle:  9 h
1
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
2
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Los Alamos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  8 h 15 min
End: New York City

1
night
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 29th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then take in the natural beauty of ten thousand waves, then don't miss a visit to Canyon Road, and finally get a sense of history and politics at New Mexico Legislature. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Harrell House Bug Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of El Santuario de Chimayo.

Plan trip to Santa Fe with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

New York City to Santa Fe is an approximately 9- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Santa Fe due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 52°F in Santa Fe. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

El Santuario de Chimayo
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, visit Albuquerque Old Town, and then meet the residents at ABQ BioPark Zoo. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy unforgettable views with Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Albuquerque online attractions planner.

You can take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Alamos.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon ©
Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

2
nights
Los Alamos

Los Alamos ©
Los Alamos is a town in Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States that is recognized as the birthplace of the first atomic bomb––the primary objective of the Manhattan Project by Los Alamos National Laboratory during World War II. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and then look for all kinds of wild species at Valles Caldera National Preserve. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Bandelier National Monument, take an in-depth tour of Los Alamos History Museum, and then engage your brain at Bradbury Science Museum.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Alamos online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Los Alamos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Albuquerque in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Los Alamos: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Los Alamos

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Valles Caldera National Preserve, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Bradbury Science Museum ©
Bradbury Science Museum

2
nights
Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, then take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Taos Spa and Tennis Club.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Taos trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Los Alamos to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Alamos in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Taos, with lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Taos

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
High Road to Taos ©
High Road to Taos
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Garden of the Gods, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, take an in-depth tour of Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, and expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Taos to Colorado Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Taos in October, with lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

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