8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
— 1 night
— 3 nights


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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Keshi, and don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf Santa Fe.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe journey builder website.

Tampa to Santa Fe is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Tampa in November; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 54°F and lows reach 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip


— 1 night
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
On the 12th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo, then take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and then appreciate the history behind Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Taos visit planning website.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in November, expect little chillier with lows of 21°F in Taos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites


— 3 nights

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.
Albuquerque is known for historic sites, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: visit Albuquerque Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Albuquerque tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Taos to Albuquerque in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Taos in November: high temperatures in Albuquerque hover around 59°F and lows are around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

New Mexico travel guide

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.