8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Drive:  13​h 45​min
1
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Albuquerque
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: San Diego

3
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.
Nedra Matteucci Galleries and The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Loretto Chapel and Santa Fe Plaza. Explore Santa Fe's surroundings by going to Horseback Riding Tours (in Red River), Bradbury Science Museum (in Los Alamos) and Tesuque Glass Works (in Tesuque). There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Keshi, get a taste of the local shopping with El Nicho, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe day trip planner .

San Diego to Santa Fe is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Santa Fe is 1 hour. Traveling from San Diego in September, Santa Fe is a bit cooler at night with lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tesuque Glassworks, Bradbury Science Museum, 203 Fine Art, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

4
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.
Bandelier National Monument and San Felipe de Neri Church will appeal to history buffs. Kids will appreciate attractions like Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque and The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Explore Albuquerque's surroundings by going to Laguna Pueblo Mission (in Laguna), Socorro (National Radio Astronomy Observatory & Mineralogical Museum) and Pueblo of Santa Ana (in Bernalillo). There's much more to do: shop like a local with Tinkertown Museum, let the kids burn off some steam at A Park Above, make a trip to New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, and look for gifts at Blue Portal.

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Take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 60°F in Albuquerque. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Socorro, A Park Above, Pueblo of Santa Ana, Tinkertown Museum, Laguna Pueblo Mission
Highlights from your plan
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Laguna Pueblo Mission ©
Laguna Pueblo Mission

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