9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  4​h
1
Albuquerque
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Taos
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old San Ysidro Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, then stop by The Candy Lady, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

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Los Angeles to Albuquerque is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles to Albuquerque, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Los Angeles in September since evenings lows in Albuquerque dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Old San Ysidro Church
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate El Santuario de Chimayo and San Miguel Chapel. Get some cultural insight at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and Bradbury Science Museum. When in Santa Fe, make a side trip to see Santo Nino Chapel in Chimayo, approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at New Mexico Museum of Art, take in the exciting artwork at Rainbow Man, examine the collection at Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, and wander the streets of Barrio de Analco.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe tour itinerary planning tool .

Take a bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in September, Santa Fe is little chillier at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Chimayo, Bradbury Science Museum
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San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals, explore the world behind art at Taos Art Museum, explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, and finally appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Enchanted Circle Pottery, do a tasting at Vivac Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Black Mesa Winery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Taos trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Taos, with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Roswell.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Vivac Winery, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Black Mesa Winery
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Taos Art Museum ©
Taos Art Museum
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum

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