7 days in New Mexico Itinerary

7 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Fly
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chimayo
— 2 nights
Drive to Albuquerque International Sunport, Fly to Chicago Midway International Airport

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and then don't miss a visit to Spaceship House.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque trip itinerary website.

Chicago to Albuquerque is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Chicago in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Albuquerque: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 48°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Historic Sites

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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.
When in Santa Fe, make a side trip to see Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in Cochiti Pueblo, approximately Cochiti Pueblo away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf, and admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Albuquerque in October, with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Chimayo.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

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Chimayo

ChimayĆ³ is a census-designated place (CDP) in Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties in the U.S. Explore Chimayo's surroundings by going to Dixon (Vivac Winery & La Chiripada Winery), Fort Union National Monument (in Watrous) and Black Mesa Winery (in Velarde). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Nino Chapel, steep yourself in history at El Santuario de Chimayo, view the masterpieces at Chimayo Trading & Mercantile, and stop by Ortega's Weaving Shop.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Chimayo road trip planning app.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Chimayo in an hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Fe in October: highs in Chimayo hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 45°F. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chimayo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wineries

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.