5 days in San Jose, New Mexico & Phoenix Itinerary

5 days in San Jose, New Mexico & Phoenix Itinerary

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San Jose
— 1 day
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Santa Fe
— 1 night
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Phoenix
— 3 nights
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San Jose

— 1 day

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph and then take in nature's colorful creations at Municipal Rose Garden.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose trip builder site.

San Francisco to San Jose is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a subway. In December in San Jose, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Santa Fe.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Historic Sites

Santa Fe

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, get a taste of the local shopping with Nedra Matteucci Galleries, and then don't miss a visit to Canyon Road.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santa Fe planning website.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Santa Fe takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Jose to Santa Fe, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Jose in December: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 45°F and lows are around 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Phoenix.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Phoenix

— 3 nights
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. Change things up with a short trip to Shamrock Farms in Stanfield (about 1h 5 min away). There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, explore by horseback at KOLI Equestrian Center, admire the natural beauty at Desert Botanical Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mesa Temple & Visitors' Center.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Phoenix trip planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Phoenix by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Santa Fe in December: high temperatures in Phoenix hover around 68°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

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.