7 days in New Mexico & Colorado Itinerary

7 days in New Mexico & Colorado Itinerary

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Albuquerque
— 1 day
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 1 night
4
Estes Park
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 2 nights

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Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©

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 27th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Albuquerque using our trip planner.

Little Rock to Albuquerque is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Little Rock to Albuquerque due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Little Rock in December; daily highs in Albuquerque reach 49°F and lows reach 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©

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.
On the 28th (Mon), take a pleasant ride with Vision Quest Western Horseback Rides & Lessons, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, then look for gifts at El Nicho, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally make a trip to Santa Fe Plaza. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Albuquerque in December, with lows around 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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Denver

Denver ©

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Denver tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Santa Fe to Denver takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Denver are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 31st (Thu), see Off-Road Tours, take an exotic tour of Estes Park Guided Tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip tool.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in December, and nighttime lows around 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Spas
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Off-Road Tours
Estes Park Guided Tours ©
Estes Park Guided Tours
Spas

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Aspen

Aspen ©

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 1st (Fri), settle in for a delightful tour with Aspen Carriage and Sleigh Day Tours, gain insight at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, and then walk around The John Denver Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Aspen trip builder website.

Drive from Estes Park to Aspen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Estes Park in December, with highs in Aspen at 35°F and lows at 10°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

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Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies ©
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
Aspen Carriage and Sleigh Day Tours ©
Aspen Carriage and Sleigh Day Tours

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