7 days in New Mexico Itinerary

7 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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7 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Shuttle:  6​h 30​min
1
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Taos
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Carlsbad
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Albuquerque
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Chicago

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.
Liquid Light Glass has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Mama's Minerals, then expand your horizons at Liquid Light Glass, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Keshi, view the masterpieces at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, then take in the exciting artwork at Mark White Fine Art, then get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and finally look for gifts at Tin - Nee - Ann.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip builder .

Chicago to Santa Fe is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Santa Fe is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Chicago in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Santa Fe, with highs around 45°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

1
night
Taos

Taos ©
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 30th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo, take in the exciting artwork at Enchanted Circle Pottery, take in the exciting artwork at Tesuque Glass Works, then take in the exciting artwork at 203 Fine Art, and finally shop like a local with Las Comadres.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Taos trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Taos when traveling from Santa Fe in December, with lows around 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Taos

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tesuque Glassworks
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Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
203 Fine Art ©
203 Fine Art

1
night
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. On the 31st (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Giant Dome, take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Hall of The White Giant. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Slaughter Canyon Cave and then surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Carlsbad trip site .

You can drive from Taos to Carlsbad in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Taos in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Carlsbad: highs are around 58°F and lows about 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome
Slaughter Canyon Cave ©
Slaughter Canyon Cave

1
day
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 2nd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, then look for gifts at Blue Portal, and then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Albuquerque holiday planner.

Getting from Carlsbad to Albuquerque by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly. When traveling from Carlsbad in January, plan for little chillier days in Albuquerque, with highs around 49°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
San Felipe de Neri Church ©
San Felipe de Neri Church
Blue Portal ©
Blue Portal

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