5 days in New Mexico Itinerary

5 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico travel planner

Make it your trip
— 1 night
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Shuttle to Albuquerque, Fly to San Francisco



— 1 night

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.
On the 16th (Thu), engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque vacation builder.

San Francisco to Albuquerque is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Albuquerque is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: high temperatures in Albuquerque hover around 49°F and lows are around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Outdoors · Tours · Childrens Museums · Museums

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.
On the 18th (Sat), ponder the world of politics at New Mexico Legislature, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, then contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, then steep yourself in history at New Mexico History Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, then get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, then examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Albuquerque in December, with lows around 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas


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Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Taos Pueblo, then snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Taos Plaza, and finally view the masterpieces at Las Comadres.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Taos online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in December, plan for little chillier nights in Taos, with lows around 13°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

New Mexico travel guide

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.