17 days in New Mexico & Utah Itinerary

17 days in New Mexico & Utah Itinerary

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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
Salt Lake City
— 4 nights


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.
Appreciate the collections at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and Nedra Matteucci Galleries. Your inner history buff will appreciate Loretto Chapel and Canyon Road. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, take in the exciting artwork at Rainbow Man, go for a walk through Keshi, and see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Santa Fe trip maker app.

London, UK to Santa Fe is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from London to Santa Fe due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in May: highs in Santa Fe hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Taos.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

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.
Let the collections at Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Two Graces capture your imagination. Visit Fort Union National Monument and Taos Pueblo for their historical value. The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Enchanted Circle Pottery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Taos trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, Taos is a bit cooler than Santa Fe - with highs of 22°C and lows of 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.
New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Bandelier National Monument and Petroglyph National Monument will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Albuquerque journey maker website.

You can drive from Taos to Albuquerque in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, Albuquerque is somewhat warmer than Taos - with highs of 29°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Moab.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Side Trip

Moab — 3 nights

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Escape the urban bustle at Arches National Park and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and surround yourself with nature on Deep Desert Expeditions.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Moab trip planner.

Fly from Albuquerque to Moab in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. May in Moab sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Salt Lake City.
Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Salt Lake City — 4 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.
Let the collections at Utah State Railroad Museum and Hill Aerospace Museum capture your imagination. Visit Temple Square and Cathedral of the Madeleine for their historical value. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Tabernacle, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Utah, and examine the collection at Land Cruiser Heritage Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Salt Lake City route planner.

Drive from Moab to Salt Lake City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trip

New Mexico travel guide

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

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.