6 days in New Mexico Itinerary

6 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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— 2 nights
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Albuquerque, Fly to Washington DC



— 2 nights

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 10th (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Elena Gallegos Park, then identify plant and animal life at Cibola National Forest, then hike along La Luz Trail, and finally look for gifts at The Candy Lady.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip maker site.

Washington DC to Albuquerque is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Washington DC to Albuquerque, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from Washington DC in May, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Harrell House Bug Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip maker tool.

Drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Santa Fe, with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping


Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
On the 14th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Rio Grande Gorge and then explore the world behind art at Blumenschein Home & Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Taos trip maker app.

Drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in May, expect Taos to be little chillier, temps between 67°F and 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Taos

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.