8 days in Albuquerque & Santa Fe Itinerary

8 days in Albuquerque & Santa Fe Itinerary

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8 days in Albuquerque & Santa Fe Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
train + bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + bus + train:  7​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
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.
Take a break from Albuquerque with a short trip to Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and steep yourself in history at Petroglyph National Monument.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Albuquerque day trip planner .

Washington DC to Albuquerque is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Albuquerque, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Albuquerque, with lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bandelier National Monument
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Taos (Taos Pueblo & Rio Grande Gorge Bridge), Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo) and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, make a trip to Meow Wolf, and soothe aching muscles at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 41°F in Santa Fe. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Taos, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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