9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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— 1 night
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Albuquerque, Fly to San Francisco


Albuquerque — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): let the kids burn off some steam at A Park Above and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum, and then wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town.

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San Francisco to Albuquerque is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Albuquerque due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in July, with highs in Albuquerque at 91°F and lows at 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Childrens Museums
Side Trip

Santa Fe — 4 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Loretto Chapel and Santa Fe Plaza. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf Santa Fe, pause for some photo ops at New Mexico History Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in July, Santa Fe is slightly colder at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Taos.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trip

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and Horseback Riding Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Taos side-trips: Angel Fire (Turquoise Trout & Vietnam Veterans Memorial). There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Enchanted Circle Pottery, don't miss a visit to Taos Pueblo, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Taos trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Santa Fe in July: high temperatures in Taos hover around 83°F and lows are around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.
Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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.