8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico travel route maker

Make it your trip
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Albuquerque
— 1 day
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Roswell
— 1 night
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Albuquerque

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at New Mexico Veterans' Memorial, Albuquerque, don't miss a visit to New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, then admire the majestic nature at Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, and finally have fun at A Park Above.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque driving holiday planner.

Pittsburgh to Albuquerque is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Pittsburgh in July, expect nights in Albuquerque to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 91°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Museums · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Santa Fe

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as San Miguel Chapel and El Rancho de las Golondrinas are in your itinerary. For shopping fun, head to Nedra Matteucci Galleries or Kakawa Chocolate House. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Los Alamos (Los Alamos History Museum & Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument) and El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo). There's more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours and see the interesting displays at The Harrell House Bug Museum.

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

Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Albuquerque in July, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Taos

— 3 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Explore hidden gems such as San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church and Balloon Rides. Take a break from the city and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Goose Lake Trail. Step out of Taos to go to Angel Fire and see Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Enchanted Circle Pottery, explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, examine the collection at La Hacienda del los Martinez, and steep yourself in history at Blumenschein Home & Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Taos road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Santa Fe in July; daily highs in Taos reach 83°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Roswell.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Roswell

— 1 night
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
On the 21st (Wed), view the masterpieces at Tokay Beaded Art and then visit Downtown Historic District.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Roswell trip site.

Traveling by car from Taos to Roswell takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Taos in July, expect Roswell to be a bit warmer, temps between 97°F and 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Roswell

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Highlights from your trip

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
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.