7 days in New Mexico & Texas Itinerary

7 days in New Mexico & Texas Itinerary

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7 days in New Mexico & Texas Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
1
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Taos
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 30​min
3
South Padre Island
— 1 night
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
4
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Orlando


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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 27th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Chapel and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe vacation planning website .

Orlando to Santa Fe is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Orlando to Santa Fe. Traveling from Orlando in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 60°F in Santa Fe. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Taos.

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Historic Sites Tours Adventure

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Pecos National Historical Park
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Pecos National Historical Park ©
Pecos National Historical Park
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
El Rancho de las Golondrinas ©
El Rancho de las Golondrinas

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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 29th (Mon): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore and take pictures at High Road to Taos, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Taos trip builder .

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in July, expect Taos to be a bit cooler, temps between 83°F and 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing

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South Padre Island

A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
On the 30th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then make a trip to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Port Isabel Lighthouse, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

Before you visit South Padre Island, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Taos to South Padre Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for much warmer nights when traveling from Taos in July since evenings lows in South Padre Island dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Port Isabel
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Horseback Riding Tours
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Galveston, Galveston Island

An old colonial city and a busy cruise ship port less than an hour's drive from Houston, Galveston sits on Galveston Island and serves as a popular vacation destination for both domestic and international travelers.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate the long history of Moody Mansion, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then contemplate the long history of Bishop's Palace, and finally look for gifts at Murdochs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Galveston travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from South Padre Island to Galveston in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August in Galveston, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 80°F at night. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Galveston

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fishing Charters & Tours
Moody Mansion ©
Moody Mansion

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