9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
Drive to Roswell, Fly to Huntsville


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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and Santa Fe Plaza. Get in touch with nature at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and High Road to Taos. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Taos (Millicent Rogers Museum & Rio Grande Gorge Bridge). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Palace of the Governors, appreciate the history behind New Mexico History Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip planner.

Huntsville to Santa Fe is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Huntsville in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Fe, with lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips


— 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 explore and learn at Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Get some historical perspective at San Felipe de Neri Church and Bandelier National Monument. Step out of Albuquerque to go to San Ysidro and see Ojito Wilderness, which is approximately 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, get curious at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Albuquerque road trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips


— 2 nights
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Tularosa Basin Museum of History, then explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument, and then stop by McGinn's PistachioLand. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Three Rivers Petroglyph Site and then learn about winemaking at Tularosa Vineyards.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Alamogordo online trip planner.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Alamogordo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Alamogordo are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Wineries · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

New Mexico travel guide

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.