17 days in New Mexico & Utah Itinerary

17 days in New Mexico & Utah Itinerary

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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
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Taos
— 3 nights
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Albuquerque
— 3 nights
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Deming
— 1 night
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
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Moab
— 2 nights
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Salt Lake City
— 3 nights
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Santa Fe — 3 nights

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.
You'll explore and learn at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and Nedra Matteucci Galleries. Do some cultural sightseeing at Loretto Chapel and Museum of International Folk Art. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, don't miss a visit to ViVO Contemporary, appreciate the history behind New Mexico History Museum, and take in the pleasant sights at Keshi.

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London, UK to Santa Fe is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Santa Fe is minus 7 hours. When traveling from London in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Santa Fe, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Taos.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Taos — 3 nights

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Fort Union National Monument and Taos Pueblo will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Enchanted Circle Pottery. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Millicent Rogers Museum, view the masterpieces at Two Graces, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and head outdoors with Taos Fly Shop.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Taos trip planning tool.

Drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in May, expect Taos to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Albuquerque.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature
Side Trips

Albuquerque — 3 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bandelier National Monument and San Felipe de Neri Church. Do some cultural sightseeing at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society and Albuquerque Old Town. When in Albuquerque, make a side trip to see Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum in Pueblo of Acoma, approximately Pueblo of Acoma away. It doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Albuquerque day trip planning app.

You can drive from Taos to Albuquerque in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Taos in May, expect Albuquerque to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Deming.
Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Side Trips

Deming — 1 night

Deming is a city in Luna County, New Mexico, United States, located 60 miles (97 km) west of Las Cruces and thirty-three miles north of the Mexican border. On the 16th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Deming Arts Center and then get engrossed in the history at Deming Luna Mimbres Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Deming trip planner.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Deming in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Albuquerque in May, expect nights in Deming to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Monument Valley.
Museums

Monument Valley — 1 night

Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and then see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum..

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Drive from Deming to Monument Valley in 8 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Deming in May: high temperatures in Monument Valley hover around 27°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Moab.
Museums · Nature · Parks

Moab — 2 nights

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then explore the striking landscape of Arches National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Tom Till Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Gallery Moab LCA, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Moab trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Monument Valley to Moab by car takes about 4 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Salt Lake City.
Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Shopping

Salt Lake City — 3 nights

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 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Land Cruiser Heritage Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Madeleine, and then take in the exciting artwork at Art at the Main Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Tabernacle.

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Traveling by car from Moab to Salt Lake City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and train. In May, daytime highs in Salt Lake City are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

New Mexico travel guide

4.2
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.

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.