8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Salt Lake City

3
nights
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.
Albuquerque is known for historic sites, museums, zoos & aquariums, childrens museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, and get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Albuquerque travel itinerary creator.

Salt Lake City to Albuquerque is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Salt Lake City in October: highs in Albuquerque hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo, then explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, and then take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Taos Plaza, take a memorable drive along High Road to Taos, and then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Taos itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Taos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Albuquerque in October, with highs in Taos at 64°F and lows at 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

2
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: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo) and Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and steep yourself in history at The Plaza.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Taos in October since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Bandelier National Monument, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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