8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly

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Santa Fe

— 2 nights

City Different

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Loretto Chapel and Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument, and make a trip to Meow Wolf Santa Fe.

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Charlotte to Santa Fe is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Charlotte in June since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Taos

— 2 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): make a trip to Taos County Courthouse Murals, then cast your line with Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips, and then snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Taos Pueblo, examine the collection at La Hacienda del los Martinez, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally view the masterpieces at Enchanted Circle Pottery.

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You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, Taos is slightly colder than Santa Fe - with highs of 83°F and lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Taos

Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Albuquerque

— 3 nights

Duke City

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Balloon Rides and Albuquerque Biological Park. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, engage your brain at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, examine the collection at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and don't miss a visit to New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society.

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You can drive from Taos to Albuquerque in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Taos in June, with highs in Albuquerque at 93°F and lows at 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

New Mexico travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.