5 days in New Mexico Itinerary

5 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
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Albuquerque

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Albuquerque Biological Park and then take a stroll through Albuquerque Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, then learn the secrets of beer at Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque tour itinerary planning site.

Chicago to Albuquerque is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Albuquerque due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Chicago in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Albuquerque, with highs around 93°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Santa Fe

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Taos (Taos Pueblo, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, &more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, make a trip to Santa Fe Plaza, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art.

Before you visit Santa Fe, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Santa Fe, with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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.