7 days in New Mexico Itinerary

7 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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7 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Shuttle:  6​h
1
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
2
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Alamogordo
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Houston

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.
For shopping fun, head to Nedra Matteucci Galleries or Canyon Road Contemporary Art. Popular historic sites such as Loretto Chapel and Canyon Road are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Taos (Rio Grande Gorge Bridge & Taos Pueblo). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, look for gifts at Tin - Nee - Ann, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Keshi.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe attractions planner .

Houston to Santa Fe is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Houston in September, you will find days in Santa Fe are slightly colder (80°F), and nights are much colder (52°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Taos
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes White Sands National Monument. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument, look for gifts at The Candy Lady, then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Tinkertown Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque online vacation planner .

You can take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

White Sands National Monument, Tinkertown Museum
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White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Tinkertown Museum ©
Tinkertown Museum

3
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes McGinn's PistachioLand. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Heart of the Desert, then learn about winemaking at McGinn's PistachioLand, then don't miss a visit to Giant Alamogordo Landmark, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at Fort Stanton Museum, pause for some photo ops at Lincoln State Monument, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Alamogordo travel route app .

Getting from Albuquerque to Alamogordo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. In September in Alamogordo, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 61°F at night. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Wineries Spas Nature

Side Trips

Lincoln State Monument, Fort Stanton Museum, White Sands National Monument, Spas, Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
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White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
Spas

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