8 days in Taos & Buffalo Itinerary

8 days in Taos & Buffalo Itinerary

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8 days in Taos & Buffalo Itinerary

Start: Rochester
Fly + shuttle:  9​h 45​min
1
Taos
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h 15​min
2
Buffalo
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
End: Rochester

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Millicent Rogers Museum and Bradbury Science Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo), Santa Fe (New Mexico Legislature, Harrell House of Natural Oddities, & more) and Pecos National Historical Park (in Pecos). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, examine the collection at La Hacienda del los Martinez, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and view the masterpieces at Las Comadres.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Taos trip planner .

Rochester to Taos is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, 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. Traveling from Rochester in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Taos, with lows of 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Buffalo.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Fe, El Santuario de Chimayo, Bradbury Science Museum, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Pecos National Historical Park
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Balloon Rides
La Hacienda del los Martinez ©
La Hacienda del los Martinez

1
night
Buffalo

Buffalo ©
The most populous city in the state after New York, Buffalo serves as the gateway to Niagara Falls and Canada for many travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Victory Basilica, then don't miss a visit to Canalside, then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Niagara Falls Observation Tower. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, explore the world behind art at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Forest Lawn.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Buffalo trip planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Taos to Buffalo in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Taos in October since evenings lows in Buffalo dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Buffalo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Niagara Falls, Our Lady of Victory Basilica
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Our Lady of Victory Basilica ©
Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Forest Lawn ©
Forest Lawn
Albright-Knox Art Gallery ©
Albright-Knox Art Gallery

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