5 days in Santa Fe & Taos Itinerary

5 days in Santa Fe & Taos Itinerary

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5 days in Santa Fe & Taos Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
1
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Taos
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h
End: Chicago

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, and finally view the masterpieces at Mama's Minerals.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip planner .

Chicago to Santa Fe is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Santa Fe, with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, then explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, and finally appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial. On the next day, make a trip to Taos County Courthouse Murals, then make a trip to The Couse-Sharp Historic Site, and then steep yourself in history at Taos Pueblo.

For maps and more tourist information, use the Taos trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Fe in May: high temperatures in Taos hover around 67°F and lows are around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

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