8 days in New Mexico & Arizona Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico & Arizona Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

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Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Phoenix
Fly

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Albuquerque

— 1 night

Duke City

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 New Mexico Jeep Tours, World Balloon and Balloon Rides.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip itinerary maker site.

Nashville to Albuquerque is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June in Albuquerque, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Santa Fe

— 3 nights

City Different

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 Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument as well as Taos Pueblo. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Santuario de Chimayo.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe route maker site.

Drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Fe, with lows of 56°F. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Maverick Helicopters. Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon South Rim and South Kaibab Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Yaki Point and Powell Point. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail, take some stellar pictures from Pipe Creek Vista, explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and get a taste of the local shopping with Lookout Studio.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park sightseeing planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 9 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Santa Fe in June since evenings lows in Grand Canyon National Park dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Phoenix.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Phoenix

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Phoenix day trip planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Phoenix in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. In June, Phoenix is much hotter than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 107°F and lows of 81°F. On the 15th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

New Mexico travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
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.

Arizona travel guide

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Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.