11 days in Arizona & New Mexico Itinerary

11 days in Arizona & New Mexico Itinerary

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11 days in Arizona & New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Sedona
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
2
Flagstaff
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
4
Taos
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
End: Houston


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2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Step out of the city life by going to Montezuma Well and Fay Canyon Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Doe Mountain Trail and Helicopter Tours. The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Page Springs Cellars, shop like a local with Honshin Fine Art, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sedona trip itinerary builder .

Houston to Sedona is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Houston to Sedona, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Houston in October; daily highs in Sedona reach 77°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Page Springs Cellars, Montezuma Well
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Doe Mountain Trail ©
Doe Mountain Trail
Montezuma Well ©
Montezuma Well
Fay Canyon Trail ©
Fay Canyon Trail

2
nights
Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Meteor Crater as well as Lowell Observatory. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Meteor Crater, see the interesting displays at Museum of Northern Arizona, get engrossed in the history at Williams Depot, then stop by Thunder Eagle Native Art, then learn about winemaking at Grand Canyon Wine Company, and finally look and learn at Lowell Observatory. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Coconino National Forest, explore the world behind art at West of the Moon Gallery, and then Head underground at Lava River Cave.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Flagstaff road trip site .

Getting from Sedona to Flagstaff by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. While traveling from Sedona, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Flagstaff, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Williams, Meteor Crater Natural Landmark
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Museum of Northern Arizona ©
Museum of Northern Arizona
Coconino National Forest ©
Coconino National Forest
Lava River Cave ©
Lava River Cave

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): hike along South Kaibab Trail, get great views at Yaki Point, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Yavapai Point and then hike along Rim Trail.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary website .

Drive from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon National Park in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Taos.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Yaki Point ©
Yaki Point
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

1
day
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.
On the 19th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, then take in the exciting artwork at Tesuque Glass Works, then take in the exciting artwork at Enchanted Circle Pottery, and finally explore the world behind art at Blumenschein Home & Museum.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Taos trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Taos in 8.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tesuque Glass Works
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Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Tesuque Glass Works ©
Tesuque Glass Works

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at San Miguel Chapel and Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. Get some cultural insight at Palace of the Governors and The Harrell House Bug Museum. Explore Santa Fe's surroundings by going to Puye Cliff Dwellings (in Espanola), Pecos National Historical Park (in Pecos) and El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Traveler's Market, look for gifts at Mama's Minerals, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Taos to Santa Fe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Taos in October since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Puye Cliff Dwellings, Pecos National Historical Park, El Santuario de Chimayo
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Museum of Indian Arts & Culture ©
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
Palace of the Governors ©
Palace of the Governors
Pecos National Historical Park ©
Pecos National Historical Park

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