12 days in New Mexico & Arizona Itinerary

12 days in New Mexico & Arizona Itinerary

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12 days in New Mexico & Arizona Itinerary

Start: Albuquerque
1
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Phoenix
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h
6
Page
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Sedona
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
8
Chinle
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Albuquerque


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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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society and then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Albuquerque tour planning website .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Albuquerque. In September, daytime highs in Albuquerque are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): make a trip to Taos Pueblo, trek along Goose Lake Trail, explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, then see the interesting displays at La Hacienda del los Martinez, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Taos trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Albuquerque to Taos by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, Taos is a bit cooler than Albuquerque - with highs of 76°F and lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Goose Lake Trail
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Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
La Hacienda del los Martinez ©
La Hacienda del los Martinez

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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.
Get some cultural insight at San Miguel Chapel and Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to ten thousand waves and New Mexico Museum of Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Pecos National Historical Park (in Pecos) and El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Palace of the Governors, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, look for gifts at Wind River Trading Company, and admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santa Fe travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Taos in September since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

El Santuario de Chimayo, Pecos National Historical Park
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San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
Pecos National Historical Park ©
Pecos National Historical Park
ten thousand waves ©
ten thousand waves

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Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Phoenix driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Santa Fe to Phoenix in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. While traveling from Santa Fe, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Phoenix, ranging from highs of 99°F to lows of 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Parks

Side Trip

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
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1
night
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. On the 25th (Wed), examine the collection at Smokey Bear Museum and then learn about winemaking at Noisy Water Winery.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Alamogordo trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Phoenix to Alamogordo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Phoenix in September, with highs in Alamogordo at 85°F and lows at 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Page.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Smokey Bear Museum, Noisy Water Winery
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Noisy Water Winery ©
Noisy Water Winery
Smokey Bear Museum ©
Smokey Bear Museum

1
night
Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Kodachrome Basin State Park and then explore the stunning scenery at Nautilus Rock.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Page trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Alamogordo to Page takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Page are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Page

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nautilus Rock, Kodachrome Basin State Park
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Kodachrome Basin State Park ©
Kodachrome Basin State Park

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night
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sedona trip planner .

Traveling by car from Page to Sedona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chinle.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Fay Canyon Trail ©
Fay Canyon Trail

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Chinle

Chinle ©
Chinle is a census-designated place in Apache County, Arizona, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Spider Rock and then explore the stunning scenery at Canyon del Muerto.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chinle road trip planner .

You can drive from Sedona to Chinle in 5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sedona in September: high temperatures in Chinle hover around 79°F and lows are around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Chinle

Parks Nature
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Spider Rock ©
Spider Rock
Canyon del Muerto ©
Canyon del Muerto

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