3 days in New Mexico Itinerary

3 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico trip planner

Make it your trip
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Albuquerque
— 1 day
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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Albuquerque

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque vacation tool.

Detroit to Albuquerque is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Detroit in August, expect nights in Albuquerque to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 88°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours

Santa Fe

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, then stop by Cheesemongers of Santa Fe, and finally steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Santa fe Society of Artists, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Albuquerque in August since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 57°F. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

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.