9 days in Taos, Santa Fe & Albuquerque Itinerary

9 days in Taos, Santa Fe & Albuquerque Itinerary

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9 days in Taos, Santa Fe & Albuquerque Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
3
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Detroit

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 3rd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Blumenschein Home & Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, then examine the collection at Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic House, and finally delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Taos Clay Studio, then explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Jose de Gracia Mission Church, and finally learn about winemaking at Vivac Winery.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Taos road trip planner .

Detroit to Taos is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Detroit in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 33°F in Taos. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Vivac Winery, San Jose de Gracia Church
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Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
San Jose de Gracia Church ©
San Jose de Gracia Church

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like El Santuario de Chimayo and New Mexico Museum of Art. Appreciate the collections at San Miguel Chapel and Nedra Matteucci Galleries. Go for a jaunt from Santa Fe to Espanola to see Puye Cliff Dwellings about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe route website .

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in October, Santa Fe is a bit warmer at night with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

El Santuario de Chimayo, Puye Cliff Dwellings
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El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
Puye Cliff Dwellings ©
Puye Cliff Dwellings

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the striking features of Spaceship House and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Tinkertown Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Coronado Historic Site, then take an in-depth tour of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip itinerary site .

New York City to Albuquerque is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Albuquerque, with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, Tinkertown Museum, Coronado Historic Site
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Tinkertown Museum ©
Tinkertown Museum
Coronado Historic Site ©
Coronado Historic Site

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