8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
2
Taos
— 2 nights
3
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
4
Albuquerque
— 2 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore San Miguel Chapel and Palace of the Governors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and Nedra Matteucci Galleries. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at New Mexico Museum of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, take in the exciting artwork at Keshi, and examine the collection at Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip planner.

Minneapolis to Santa Fe is an approximately 5.5-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. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Minneapolis in September since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

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San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
Palace of the Governors ©
Palace of the Governors
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture ©
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

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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 22nd (Tue): explore the world behind art at Blumenschein Home & Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Taos Clay Studio, admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, thensee the interesting displays at Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic House, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Two Graces. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at 203 Fine Art, thenexamine the collection at La Hacienda del los Martinez, thendelve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Kit Carson Park.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Taos tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, Taos is little chillier at night with lows of °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Taos

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Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
Blumenschein Home & Museum ©
Blumenschein Home & Museum
La Hacienda del los Martinez ©
La Hacienda del los Martinez

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night
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
On the 24th (Thu), Head underground at Big Room, thenget a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Giant Dome, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Taos to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Taos in September, expect Carlsbad Caverns National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between °F and °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Big Room ©
Big Room
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome

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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 25th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Unser Racing Museum, thendelve into the distant past at Coronado Historic Site, and then hike along La Luz Trail. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, thenexamine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, and then get engrossed in the history at Holocaust & Intolerance Museum of New Mexico.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque visit planner.

You can fly from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Albuquerque in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

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Coronado Historic Site
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Unser Racing Museum ©
Unser Racing Museum
Coronado Historic Site ©
Coronado Historic Site

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