13 days in Albuquerque & Santa Fe Itinerary

13 days in Albuquerque & Santa Fe Itinerary

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13 days in Albuquerque & Santa Fe Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
train + bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Santa Fe
— 9 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + bus + train:  7​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Bandelier National Monument and Albuquerque Old Town will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Tinkertown Museum and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Get out of town with these interesting Albuquerque side-trips: Socorro (National Radio Astronomy Observatory & Vertu Fine Art Gallery). And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, and get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Albuquerque online trip maker .

Washington DC to Albuquerque is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Albuquerque, with lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Socorro, Tinkertown Museum, Bandelier National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

9
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 Nedra Matteucci Galleries and Canyon Road. Head to Keshi and Tesuque Glass Worksfor plenty of shopping. Explore Santa Fe's surroundings by going to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo), Taos (Enchanted Circle Pottery, 203 Fine Art, & more) and Turquoise Trail Sculpture Garden (in Cerrillos). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and shop like a local with Andrew Smith Gallery, Inc..

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Traveling by bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Santa Fe, with lows around 57°F. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taos, Tesuque, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Turquoise Trail Sculpture Garden, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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