9 days in Taos & Albuquerque Itinerary

9 days in Taos & Albuquerque Itinerary

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9 days in Taos & Albuquerque Itinerary

Start: Albuquerque
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Albuquerque
— 6 nights
End: Albuquerque

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Taos Plaza, explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, then explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, and finally take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, cruise along High Road to Taos, and then explore the galleries of Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Taos tour planner.

Albuquerque to Taos is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Albuquerque in October; daily highs in Taos reach 64°F and lows reach 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

6
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Loretto Chapel and Albuquerque Old Town. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Canyon Road and Bandelier National Monument. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albuquerque: Santa Fe (Nedra Matteucci Galleries, Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, & more) and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo). There's still lots to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, stop by The Candy Lady, and try for a hole-in-one at Hinkle Family Fun Center.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip generator.

Traveling by car from Taos to Albuquerque takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. In October, Albuquerque is a bit warmer than Taos - with highs of 73°F and lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Coronado Historic Site
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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