3 days in Albuquerque, Santa Fe & Chimayo Itinerary

3 days in Albuquerque, Santa Fe & Chimayo Itinerary

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3 days in Albuquerque, Santa Fe & Chimayo Itinerary

Start: El Paso
Drive:  4​h
1
Albuquerque
— 1 day
bus:  1​h
2
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Chimayo
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
End: El Paso

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Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and then engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip planner .

El Paso to Albuquerque is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from El Paso in June, expect Albuquerque to be a bit cooler, temps between 93°F and 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

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1
night
Santa Fe

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 2nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Chapel, then examine the collection at Palace of the Governors, then examine the collection at The Harrell House Bug Museum, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip planning site .

You can take a bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Santa Fe, with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chimayo.

Things to do in Santa Fe

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River Rafting & Tubing
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
Palace of the Governors ©
Palace of the Governors

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Chimayo

Chimayo ©
Chimayó is a census-designated place (CDP) in Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): view the masterpieces at Chimayo Trading & Mercantile, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Nino Chapel, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Santuario de Chimayo, and finally stop by El Potrero Trading Post.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chimayo route builder tool .

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Chimayo takes an hour. While traveling from Santa Fe, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Chimayo, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chimayo

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El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
Santo Nino Chapel ©
Santo Nino Chapel
El Potrero Trading Post ©
El Potrero Trading Post

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