10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Taos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Grants
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Calgary

2
nights
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 15th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Pecos National Historical Park, explore the ancient world of Puye Cliff Dwellings, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Santuario de Chimayo, and finally explore the galleries of San Miguel Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Santa Fe Botanical Garden, see the interesting displays at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, see the interesting displays at Palace of the Governors, then get a taste of life in the country at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, then get engrossed in the history at Bradbury Science Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Mama's Minerals.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip planner .

Calgary, Canada to Santa Fe is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Calgary in October, with highs in Santa Fe at 24°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

El Santuario de Chimayo, Puye Cliff Dwellings, Pecos National Historical Park, Bradbury Science Museum
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Pecos National Historical Park ©
Pecos National Historical Park
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
Puye Cliff Dwellings ©
Puye Cliff Dwellings

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Plaza Blanca and Balloon Rides. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church and Fort Union National Monument. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taos: Ghost Ranch (in Abiquiu) and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Enchanted Circle Drive, admire the masterpieces at Taos Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals, and examine the collection at Millicent Rogers Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Taos, use our trip itinerary maker.

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 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Grants.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Abiquiu, Fort Union National Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Fort Union National Monument ©
Fort Union National Monument
Plaza Blanca ©
Plaza Blanca

1
night
Grants

Grants ©
Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): Head underground at Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano and then explore the striking landscape of El Malpais National Monument.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Grants tour app .

You can drive from Taos to Grants in 3.5 hours. In October in Grants, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Grants

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
El Malpais National Monument ©
El Malpais National Monument
Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano ©
Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano

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.
Explore hidden gems such as San Felipe de Neri Church and Valles Caldera National Preserve. Visit Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument and Coronado Historic Site for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albuquerque: Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum (in Pueblo of Acoma) and Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs (in Jemez Springs). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, get engrossed in the history at Albuquerque Museum, and appreciate the history behind Don Francisco Cuervo y Valdes monument.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Albuquerque tour itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Grants to Albuquerque in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grants in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jemez Springs, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, Coronado Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Valles Caldera National Preserve ©
Valles Caldera National Preserve
San Felipe de Neri Church ©
San Felipe de Neri Church

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