9 days in Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque Itinerary

9 days in Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque Itinerary

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9 days in Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
train + bus + Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
1
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  7​h
End: Washington DC

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo) and Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe trip tool .

Washington DC to Santa Fe is an approximately 8-hour combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Santa Fe is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in November; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 54°F and lows reach 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bandelier National Monument, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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.
Step out of Taos to go to Cimarron and see Philmont Scout Ranch, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, take a memorable drive along High Road to Taos, don't miss a visit to Taos Plaza, and examine the collection at La Hacienda del los Martinez.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Taos tour itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Taos when traveling from Santa Fe in November, with lows around 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Philmont Scout Ranch
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

3
nights
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.
Albuquerque is known for historic sites, museums, zoos & aquariums, nature, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town, admire nature's wide array of creatures at ABQ BioPark Zoo, engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Taos to Albuquerque takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Taos in December, with highs in Albuquerque at 49°F and lows at 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Balloon Rides
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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