17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Santa Fe
1
Santa Fe
— 7 nights
Bus:  1​h
2
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Chimayo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Taos
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
5
Embudo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
7
Albuquerque
— 1 night
End: Albuquerque

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Pecos National Historical Park (in Pecos) and Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, fly down the slopes at Ski Santa Fe, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, and examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum.

Plan my day in Santa Fe using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Santa Fe. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in December, and nighttime lows around 22°F. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cochiti Pueblo, Pecos National Historical Park
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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.
On the 31st (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Albuquerque Biological Park. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, then learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and finally stop by The Candy Lady.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip builder website .

Take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from Santa Fe in December, with lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Chimayo.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument
Balloon Rides
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

1
night
Chimayo

Chimayo ©
Chimayó is a census-designated place (CDP) in Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties in the U.S. On the 2nd (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Nino Chapel.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Chimayo road trip planner .

Getting from Albuquerque to Chimayo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Albuquerque in January: highs in Chimayo hover around 40°F, while lows dip to 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Chimayo

Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
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El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
Santo Nino Chapel ©
Santo Nino Chapel
Centinela Traditional Arts ©
Centinela Traditional Arts

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals and then explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Taos trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Chimayo to Taos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Chimayo in January, Taos is a bit cooler at night with lows of 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Embudo.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites Museums
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Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

2
nights
Embudo

Embudo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Spa. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Chama, relax and rejuvenate at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Spa, then examine the collection at Classical Gas Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at La Chiripada Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Vivac Winery and then learn about winemaking at Black Mesa Winery.

Plan my Embudo trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Drive from Taos to Embudo in an hour. Traveling from Taos in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Embudo, with lows around 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Embudo

Wineries Nature Spas

Side Trips

Dixon, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Spa, Rio Chama, Black Mesa Winery
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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La Chiripada Winery ©
La Chiripada Winery
Rio Chama ©
Rio Chama
Classical Gas Museum ©
Classical Gas Museum

2
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
On the 6th (Mon), walk around Cathedral Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): examine the collection at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, make a trip to Donna's Designs/ Girasole Glassworks, then admire the masterpieces at New Mexico Museum of Art, then don't miss a visit to Lacuna Galleries, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Santa Fe travel tool .

Drive from Embudo to Santa Fe in an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Shopping Spas
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
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New Mexico Museum of Art ©
New Mexico Museum of Art
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture ©
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
New Mexico Legislature ©
New Mexico Legislature

1
night
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe and then look for gifts at The Candy Lady.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip website .

Take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Fe in January since evenings lows in Albuquerque dip to 26°F. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
The Candy Lady ©
The Candy Lady

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