3 days in New Mexico Itinerary

3 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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3 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Santa Fe
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Santa Fe
— 1 day
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Taos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Santa Fe

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Santa Fe

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 14th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, then take a stroll through Canyon Road, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe online trip itinerary builder .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airport is Albuquerque International Sunport. January in Santa Fe sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of -7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip planner .

Take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from Santa Fe in January, with lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Taos.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Tours
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Balloon Rides

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Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
On the 16th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Taos Pueblo, and finally browse the exhibits of Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Taos trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Taos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, Taos is a bit cooler than Albuquerque - with highs of 4°C and lows of -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

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