7 days in New Mexico Itinerary

7 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico visit planner
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Fly
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Albuquerque
— 1 day
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Albuquerque, Fly to San Francisco

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Albuquerque — 1 day

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 10th (Sat): trek along La Luz Trail and then explore the striking landscape of Petroglyph National Monument.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Albuquerque trip builder tool.

San Francisco to Albuquerque is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Francisco to Albuquerque, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect nights in Albuquerque to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.
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Santa Fe — 4 nights

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Mellow Velo, Santa Fe Biking Tours, Glorieta Zip Tour: The High Five, and other attractions. Take a break from the city and head to Valles Caldera National Preserve and Jemez Mountains. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hyde Memorial State Park and Santa Fe National Historic Trail.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip maker website.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 52°F in Santa Fe. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Taos.
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Taos — 2 nights

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Frijoles Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Taos itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Santa Fe in September since evenings lows in Taos dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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New Mexico travel guide

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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.
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