9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + Shuttle:  9 h
1
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
2
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Los Alamos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Taos
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  10 h 30 min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Santuario de Chimayo, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at ten thousand waves.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe road trip website.

New York City to Santa Fe is an approximately 9- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Santa Fe is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in September since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

El Santuario de Chimayo
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, and then wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): enjoy unforgettable views with Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from Santa Fe in September, with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Los Alamos.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon ©
Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

2
nights
Los Alamos

Los Alamos ©
Los Alamos is a town in Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States that is recognized as the birthplace of the first atomic bomb––the primary objective of the Manhattan Project by Los Alamos National Laboratory during World War II. On the 25th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and then identify plant and animal life at Valles Caldera National Preserve. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the stunning scenery at Bandelier National Monument, then take an in-depth tour of Los Alamos History Museum, and then engage your brain at Bradbury Science Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Los Alamos road trip site.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Los Alamos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Albuquerque in September; daily highs in Los Alamos reach 74°F and lows reach 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Los Alamos

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Valles Caldera National Preserve, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Bradbury Science Museum ©
Bradbury Science Museum

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.
On the 27th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo, then take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, then admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Taos Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along High Road to Taos, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, and then relax and rejuvenate at Taos Spa and Tennis Club.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Taos trip planner.

Drive from Los Alamos to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Alamos in September, plan for little chillier nights in Taos, with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Museums Scenic Drive
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High Road to Taos ©
High Road to Taos
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

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