9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Santa Fe — 2 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.
Kids will enjoy Loretto Chapel and Canyon Road. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, stop by Detours at La Fonda, take in the natural beauty of Ten Thousand Waves, and get engrossed in the history at New Mexico History Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip planner.

Durham to Santa Fe is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Durham to Santa Fe due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in January, things will get a bit cooler in Santa Fe: highs are around 44°F and lows about 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Taos.
Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Parks

Taos — 2 nights

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 23rd (Mon): delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo, then snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and then examine the collection at Millicent Rogers Museum. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Palisades Sill Official Scenic Historic Marker, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Taos online trip maker.

Drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Santa Fe in January; daily highs in Taos reach 39°F and lows reach 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Deming.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Side Trips

Deming — 1 night

Deming is a city in Luna County, New Mexico, United States, located 60 miles (97 km) west of Las Cruces and thirty-three miles north of the Mexican border. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Deming Arts Center, and then walk around City of Rocks State Park.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, read Deming day trip planning website.

You can drive from Taos to Deming in 6 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Taos in January: high temperatures in Deming hover around 56°F and lows are around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.
Museums · Parks · Nature

Albuquerque — 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.
Kids will enjoy Balloon Rides and Explora Science Center and Children's Museum. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, engage your brain at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, and admire the striking features of Spaceship House.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Albuquerque trip maker site.

You can drive from Deming to Albuquerque in 4 hours. When traveling from Deming in January, plan for little chillier days in Albuquerque, with highs around 49°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

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.