18 days in Arizona & New Mexico Itinerary

18 days in Arizona & New Mexico Itinerary

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Sedona
— 5 nights
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Albuquerque
— 5 nights
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Santa Fe
— 6 nights

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Sedona

Sedona ©

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Head to Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery and Exposures International Gallery of Fine Artfor plenty of shopping. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Whiskey Row and Douglas Mansion. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sedona: Sharlot Hall Museum (in Prescott), Clarkdale (Clarkdale National Historic District & Townsite & Arizona Copper Art Museum) and Rimrock (Montezuma Well & V-Bar-V Heritage Site). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Jerome State Historic Park, don't miss a visit to 911 Memorial, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Mountain Trail, and view the masterpieces at Navarro Gallery & Sculpture Garden.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Sedona is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: high temperatures in Sedona hover around 14°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Whiskey Row ©
Whiskey Row
V-Bar-V Heritage Site ©
V-Bar-V Heritage Site
Montezuma Well ©
Montezuma Well

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Albuquerque

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Unser Racing Museum and National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Head to Vertu Fine Art Gallery and The Candy Ladyfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Belen Harvey House Museum (in Belen), Socorro (Mineralogical Museum & Old San Miguel Mission) and Grants (New Mexico Mining Museum & El Malpais National Monument). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Turquoise Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, let the kids burn off some steam at A Park Above, and get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town.

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You can drive from Sedona to Albuquerque in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sedona in December: high temperatures in Albuquerque hover around 11°C and lows are around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Unser Racing Museum ©
Unser Racing Museum
El Malpais National Monument ©
El Malpais National Monument

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like San Miguel Chapel and Taos Ski Valley Resort. Attractions like Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and Nedra Matteucci Galleries make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Ghost Ranch (in Abiquiu), San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church (in Ranchos De Taos) and Millicent Rogers Museum (in Taos). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Ski Santa Fe, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, see the interesting displays at Palace of the Governors, and contemplate the long history of El Santuario de Chimayo.

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Drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Albuquerque in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Santa Fe, with lows around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture ©
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo

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