8 days in Albuquerque & Santa Monica Itinerary

8 days in Albuquerque & Santa Monica Itinerary

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8 days in Albuquerque & Santa Monica Itinerary

Start: Louisville
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Albuquerque
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 45​min
2
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Louisville

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bandelier National Monument and Albuquerque Old Town. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Fe (Canyon Road, Vivo Contemporary, & more). There's still lots to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Albuquerque trip builder.

Louisville to Albuquerque is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Louisville to Albuquerque is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Louisville in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Albuquerque, with lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument

3
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Santa Monica Pier and Greystone Mansion. Relax by the water at Santa Monica Beach and Hermosa Beach Pier. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Monica side-trips: Malibu (Zuma Beach & Malibu Lagoon State Beach). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Manhattan Beach, stop by Magicopolis, and get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Albuquerque to Santa Monica takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Albuquerque to Santa Monica due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Albuquerque in June, you will find days in Santa Monica are colder (71°F), and nights are a bit cooler (60°F). On the 4th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Malibu, Greystone Mansion and Park, Hermosa Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach

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