8 days in Albuquerque, Santa Fe & Taos Itinerary

8 days in Albuquerque, Santa Fe & Taos Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  4 h 45 min
1
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h
End: San Francisco

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): browse for treasures at Tinkertown Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Albuquerque planning tool.

San Francisco to Albuquerque is an approximately 5- hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from San Francisco in April, Albuquerque is a bit cooler at night with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Tinkertown Museum
Highlights from your plan
San Felipe de Neri Church ©
San Felipe de Neri Church
Tinkertown Museum ©
Tinkertown Museum

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Canyon Road, Santa Fe Plaza and Bandelier National Monument. Head to Nedra Matteucci Galleries and Mama's Mineralsfor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at San Miguel Chapel and El Santuario de Chimayo. Explore Santa Fe's surroundings by going to Jemez Springs (Jemez Mountains & Valles Caldera National Preserve) and Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument (in Los Alamos). There's more to do: examine the collection at Palace of the Governors.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip planning site.

You can take a bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Albuquerque in April since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 35°F. You'll set off for Taos on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Jemez Springs, Los Alamos, El Santuario de Chimayo
Highlights from your plan
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
Valles Caldera National Preserve ©
Valles Caldera National Preserve

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): revel in the low prices at Taos Rockers Mineral & Fossil Outlet, then see the interesting displays at Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic House, and then take in the exciting artwork at Two Graces. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): hike along Columbine Campground, hike along Mallette Park Nature Trail, and then trek along Middlefork Lake.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Taos trip planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Taos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, Taos is little chillier than Santa Fe - with highs of 61°F and lows of 29°F. You will leave for home on the 17th (Sat).

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Red River
Highlights from your plan
Middlefork Lake ©
Middlefork Lake
Columbine Campground ©
Columbine Campground
Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic House ©
Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic House

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