8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
2
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Taos
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Artesia
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
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 7th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip planning website .

New York City to Albuquerque is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Albuquerque. Traveling from New York City in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. On your second day here, examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, then explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, and finally get a sense of history and politics at New Mexico Legislature.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Albuquerque in September since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

1
night
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 11th (Wed), make a trip to Taos County Courthouse Murals, identify plant and animal life at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, then make a trip to Taos Pueblo, and finally take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Taos trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Taos when traveling from Santa Fe in September, with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Artesia.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Wild Rivers Recreation Area ©
Wild Rivers Recreation Area
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

3
nights
Artesia

Artesia ©
Artesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and then Head underground at Big Room. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park and then Head underground at King's Palace.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Artesia trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Taos to Artesia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Taos in September, with highs in Artesia at 86°F and lows at 62°F. You will leave for home on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Artesia

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

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