8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  9​h
1
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Boston

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque and The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. When in Albuquerque, make a side trip to see Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos, approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, explore the galleries of New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Albuquerque Biological Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Albuquerque trip itinerary planner .

Boston to Albuquerque is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Boston in August: highs in Albuquerque hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Bandelier National Monument
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ABQ BioPark Zoo ©
ABQ BioPark Zoo
Albuquerque Biological Park ©
Albuquerque Biological Park

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Horseback Riding Tours and Twirl. Explore Santa Fe's surroundings by going to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo) and Taos (Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, & more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, don't miss a visit to Santa Fe Plaza, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

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Traveling by bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Santa Fe, with lows around 57°F. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Taos, Horseback Riding Tours, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Horseback Riding Tours
Twirl ©
Twirl

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