16 days in Flagstaff, Phoenix & New Mexico Itinerary

16 days in Flagstaff, Phoenix & New Mexico Itinerary

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Flagstaff
— 2 nights
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Phoenix
— 2 nights
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Albuquerque
— 3 nights
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Taos
— 5 nights
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
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Flagstaff

— 2 nights

City of Seven Wonders

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.
On the 12th (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Coconino National Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of Northern Arizona, take an in-depth tour of Williams Depot, and then Head underground at Lava River Cave.

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Boise to Flagstaff is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Boise in July, with highs in Flagstaff at 81°F and lows at 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Phoenix.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Phoenix

— 2 nights
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Boyce Thompson Arboretum and Mill Avenue District. Do some cultural sightseeing at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument and Old Town Scottsdale. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, get engrossed in the history at Heard Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Mesa Arts Center.

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Drive from Flagstaff to Phoenix in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Flagstaff in July, things will get much hotter in Phoenix: highs are around 106°F and lows about 85°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Albuquerque

— 3 nights

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.
Appreciate the collections at Unser Racing Museum and Tinkertown Museum. Take a break from the city and head to La Luz Trail and Petroglyph National Monument. There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Casa Rondena Winery, get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town, and delve into the distant past at Coronado Historic Site.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Albuquerque online travel planner.

You can fly from Phoenix to Albuquerque in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in July; daily highs in Albuquerque reach 91°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Taos.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Taos

— 5 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Escape the urban bustle at Balloon Rides and Goose Lake Trail. Millicent Rogers Museum and Blumenschein Home & Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taos: Stations of the Cross Shrine (in San Luis) and Black Mesa Winery (in Velarde). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, look for gifts at Francesca's Clothing Boutique, admire the majestic nature at Kit Carson Park, and make a trip to Taos Pueblo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Taos trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Taos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Albuquerque in July, with highs in Taos at 83°F and lows at 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like San Miguel Chapel and Pecos National Historical Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like El Santuario de Chimayo and Loretto Chapel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Puye Cliff Dwellings (in Espanola) and Bradbury Science Museum (in Los Alamos). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Harrell House Bug Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and contemplate the long history of El Rancho de las Golondrinas.

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Drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in July, Santa Fe is a bit warmer at night with lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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.