10 days in Santa Fe, Albuquerque & Arizona Itinerary

10 days in Santa Fe, Albuquerque & Arizona Itinerary

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10 days in Santa Fe, Albuquerque & Arizona Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  6​h 30​min
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Santa Fe
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Sedona
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Phoenix
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
End: Toronto

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, and finally take a memorable drive along The Plaza. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, take in the natural beauty of ten thousand waves, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe journey planner .

Toronto, Canada to Santa Fe is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Santa Fe is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Toronto in March, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Fe: temperatures range from 19°C by day to -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, and then engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Albuquerque route planner .

Traveling by bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 3°C in Albuquerque. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Balloon Rides

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nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 12th (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Mather Point and then trek along Rim Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Bright Angel Trail.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Grand Canyon National Park takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Albuquerque in March, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 16°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take an unorthodox tour of Chapel of the Holy Cross.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sedona trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in March, you will find days in Sedona are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are warmer (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Phoenix.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross

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Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Phoenix trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sedona to Phoenix takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a shuttle. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sedona in March, with highs in Phoenix at 32°C and lows at 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden

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