15 days in New Mexico, Arizona & Utah Itinerary

15 days in New Mexico, Arizona & Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Albuquerque
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
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Phoenix
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
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Sedona
— 3 nights
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Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
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Albuquerque

Duke City

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 18th (Fri): have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Albuquerque day trip app.

Washington DC to Albuquerque is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Washington DC to Albuquerque, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in June, expect nights in Albuquerque to be little chillier, around 64°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 93°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Childrens Museums · Museums

Santa Fe

— 3 nights

City Different

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 19th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, stop by Canyon Road, then see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, and finally contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Ten Thousand Waves.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip planner.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in June, Santa Fe is little chillier at night with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can fly to Phoenix.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

Phoenix

— 2 nights
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum and then get your game on at Flip Dunk. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Phoenix tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Santa Fe to Phoenix in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Santa Fe in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Phoenix, with highs around 107°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

Grand Canyon National Park

— 4 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Bring the kids along to Bright Angel Trail and South Kaibab Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Mather Point, hike along Rim Trail, and pause for some photo ops at Powell Point.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planning website.

You can drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. In June, Grand Canyon National Park is colder than Phoenix - with highs of 85°F and lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Sedona

— 3 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 28th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Holy Cross, and then make a trip to Sedona Airport Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), then explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sedona trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Sedona, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Salt Lake City

— 2 nights

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): look for gifts at Harmons City Creek and then get a sense of history and politics at Utah State Capitol. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms and then hit the slopes at Deer Valley Resort.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Sedona to Salt Lake City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, Salt Lake City is a bit cooler than Sedona - with highs of 89°F and lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

New Mexico travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.