46 days in New Mexico & Arizona Itinerary

46 days in New Mexico & Arizona Itinerary

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Roswell
— 1 night
Fly to Phoenix, Shuttle to Tucson
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Tucson
— 5 nights
Drive
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Scottsdale
— 6 nights
Drive
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Sedona
— 5 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
Drive
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Page
— 4 nights
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Santa Fe
— 6 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 5 nights
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Albuquerque
— 6 nights
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Roswell

— 1 night
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Tokay Beaded Art and then see the interesting displays at International UFO Museum and Research Center. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, admire the masterpieces at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, and then admire the masterpieces at Roswell Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Roswell trip itinerary builder app.

Washington DC to Roswell is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC to Roswell, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, you will find days in Roswell are somewhat warmer (57°F), and nights are slightly colder (26°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Tucson.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums · Wildlife · Childrens Museums · Parks

Tucson

— 5 nights

Old Pueblo

One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tucson: Benson (Double R Ranch & Kartchner Caverns State Park) and Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch (in Picacho). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, take a memorable drive along Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Pueblo Vida Brewing Company, and explore the stunning scenery at Sabino Canyon.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tucson online road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Roswell to Tucson in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Roswell in December; daily highs in Tucson reach 65°F and lows reach 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Scottsdale.

Things to do in Tucson

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Scottsdale

— 6 nights
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Change things up with these side-trips from Scottsdale: Phoenix (Off-Road Tours & Balloon Rides), KOLI Equestrian Center (in Chandler) and Shamrock Farms (in Stanfield). Dedicate the 16th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mesa Temple & Visitors' Center, trot along with a tour on horseback, see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, and trek along Tom's Thumb Trailhead.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Scottsdale day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tucson to Scottsdale takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. December in Scottsdale sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Sedona

— 5 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sedona: Fain Park (in Prescott Valley) and Downtown Historic Area (in Prescott). The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, stop by Ivory Angelic, trek along Bear Mountain Trail, and cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179).

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Sedona trip simple and quick.

Drive from Scottsdale to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Scottsdale in December, with highs in Sedona at 54°F and lows at 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 7 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 25th (Sat), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Grand Canyon Village, take some stellar pictures from Hopi Point, get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum, and explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park day trip planner.

You can drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sedona in December: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 45°F, while lows dip to 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Page.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

Page

— 4 nights

Center of Canyon Country

Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Step out of Page with an excursion to Keet Seel Navajo National Monument in Shonto--about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Horseshoe Bend, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Page tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Page takes 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December since evenings lows in Page dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Page

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Santa Fe

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Cochiti Pueblo (Canyon Trail & Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument). There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Prairie Dog Glass, examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, shop like a local with Liquid Light Glass, and admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Page to Santa Fe takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Page in January since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Taos

— 5 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Get out of town with these interesting Taos side-trips: Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area (in Red River), Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire) and Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips (in Velarde). There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe, don't miss a visit to David Anthony Fine Art, stroll through Wild Rivers Recreation Area, and explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Taos trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Santa Fe in January, with highs in Taos at 39°F and lows at 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Albuquerque

— 6 nights

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.
Step out of Albuquerque to go to Los Alamos and see Bandelier National Monument, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: let your taste buds guide you at Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals, get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, explore the striking landscape of Petroglyph National Monument, and see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Albuquerque trip itinerary app.

Getting from Taos to Albuquerque by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Taos in January, expect Albuquerque to be a bit warmer, temps between 49°F and 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
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.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Hiking Trails · Lookouts
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.