5 days in New Mexico Itinerary

5 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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5 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
2
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Detroit

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Sat), have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Albuquerque trip planner .

Detroit to Albuquerque is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to Albuquerque due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Detroit in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Albuquerque, with highs around 91°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Bandelier National Monument, Tinkertown Museum
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Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

2
nights
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.
On the 9th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, shop like a local with Nedra Matteucci Galleries, then take a stroll through Canyon Road, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Keshi, make a trip to Santa Fe Plaza, and then look for gifts at Wind River Trading Company.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe online day trip planner .

Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in July, expect little chillier with lows of 60°F in Santa Fe. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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