8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Taos
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h
End: Los Angeles


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3
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.
Visiting Balloon Rides and Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Albuquerque Old Town and National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, explore the world behind art at Tinkertown Museum, have fun at Downs at Albuquerque, and stop by Skip Maisel's Indian Jewelry.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Albuquerque tour planning website .

Los Angeles to Albuquerque is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, expect Albuquerque to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 48°F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Thu) before leaving for Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures, Tinkertown Museum
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument

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.
On the 11th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and then take a stroll through Canyon Road. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, then steep yourself in history at The Plaza, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally take in breathtaking views at Bandelier National Monument.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Albuquerque in October: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 67°F and lows are around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bandelier National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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.
Popular historic sites such as Taos Pueblo and San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at High Road to Taos and Philmont Scout Ranch. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, see the interesting displays at La Hacienda del los Martinez, cruise along The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe, and stop by Twirl.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Taos driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Taos, with lows of 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trip

Philmont Scout Ranch
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High Road to Taos ©
High Road to Taos
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©

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