10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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— 3 nights


Albuquerque — 1 night

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 (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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San Francisco to Albuquerque is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 43°F. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Thu) before leaving for Santa Fe.
Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Santa Fe — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, then get a taste of the local shopping with Mama's Minerals, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, and then hike along Canyon Trail.

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Drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 35°F in Santa Fe. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Roswell.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trip

Roswell — 1 night

Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Roswell Museum, admire the masterpieces at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, and then examine the collection at International UFO Museum and Research Center.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Roswell trip maker website.

Getting from Santa Fe to Roswell by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in April, things will get a bit warmer in Roswell: highs are around 79°F and lows about 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Socorro.
Museums · Childrens Museums

Socorro — 2 nights

Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. state of New Mexico. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Quebradas Backcountry Byway, steep yourself in history at Socorro Historic Plaza, then view the masterpieces at Vertu Fine Art Gallery, and finally look and learn at National Radio Astronomy Observatory. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, then contemplate the long history of Fort Craig National Historic Site, and then take an in-depth tour of El Camino Real International Heritage Center.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Socorro trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Roswell to Socorro takes 3 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Albuquerque.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Side Trip

Albuquerque — 3 nights

See some other sides of Albuquerque: explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum, get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, admire the masterpieces at Albuquerque Museum, and engage your brain at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque visit planner.

You can drive from Socorro to Albuquerque in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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.