12 days in Albuquerque & Telluride & Mountain Village Itinerary

12 days in Albuquerque & Telluride & Mountain Village Itinerary

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12 days in Albuquerque & Telluride & Mountain Village Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Albuquerque
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Telluride
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Birmingham

6
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.
Get some historical perspective at El Santuario de Chimayo Historic Site and El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and Puye Cliff Dwellings are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Albuquerque side-trips: Pecos National Historical Park (in Pecos), Santa Fe (San Miguel Chapel, Poeh Cultural Center, & more) and Los Alamos (Bandelier National Monument & Bradbury Science Museum). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Valles Caldera National Preserve, explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, get engrossed in the history at Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, and learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque travel planner.

Birmingham to Albuquerque is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Birmingham to Albuquerque, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 93°F in June, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Telluride.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Tinkertown Museum, El Santuario de Chimayo
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture ©
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo

4
nights
Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like New Sheridan Hotel and San Juan County Historical Society. Step off the beaten path and head to Bear Creek Falls and Jud Wiebe Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Telluride: Ridgway (Last Dollar Road & Rafting) and Ice Lakes Trail (in Silverton). There's more to do: explore the activities along San Miguel River and stop by Telluride Truffle Inc.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Telluride itinerary builder.

You can fly from Albuquerque to Telluride in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Albuquerque in June, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Telluride: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Telluride

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Silverton, Last Dollar Road
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
San Juan County Historical Society ©
San Juan County Historical Society
New Sheridan Hotel ©
New Sheridan Hotel

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