5 days in New Mexico Itinerary
5 days in New Mexico Itinerary
Start: Kansas City
Fly to Albuquerque, Shuttle to Taos
— 1 night
— 3 nights
End: Kansas City
Mon, Dec 13 - Fri, Dec 17
Taos — 1 night
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.Your day by day itinerary now includes Chimayo Trading Del Norte, Moxie Yarn & More, Taos Pueblo, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get some fabulous bargains at Taos Rockers Mineral & Fossil Outlet, explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, browse for treasures at Chimayo Trading Del Norte, see the interesting displays at Millicent Rogers Museum, then don't miss a visit to Taos Drums, and finally stop by Moxie Yarn & More. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, admire all the interesting features of The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe, and then take in the exciting artwork at Enchanted Circle Pottery.
To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Taos trip itinerary planner.
Kansas City to Taos is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Taos is minus 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Fe.
Santa Fe — 3 nights
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.Museum-lovers will get to explore San Miguel Chapel and Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. Visiting Dale Ball Trails and Randall Davey Audubon Center will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, and take in the pleasant sights at Keshi.
For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip builder tool.
You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in December, Santa Fe is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
New Mexico travel guide
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.