7 days in New Mexico Itinerary

7 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico trip maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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Albuquerque
— 1 day
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Antonio
— 1 night
Drive to Albuquerque International Sunport, Fly to Houston

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Albuquerque

— 1 day

Duke City

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 27th (Wed): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Albuquerque route planner.

Houston to Albuquerque is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Albuquerque. Traveling from Houston in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Santa Fe

— 3 nights

City Different

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.
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and Nedra Matteucci Galleries will appeal to museum buffs. Head to Liquid Light Glass and Keshifor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, admire the natural beauty at Wiford Gallary and Sculpture Garden, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and relax and rejuvenate at Ten Thousand Waves.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe road trip website.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in July, Santa Fe is a bit cooler at night with lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

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Taos

— 2 nights
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 31st (Sun): explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, explore the world behind art at Taos Art Museum, then view the masterpieces at Enchanted Circle Pottery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at 203 Fine Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, then cast your line with Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips, and then learn about winemaking at La Chiripada Winery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Taos trip planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Taos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Santa Fe in July: high temperatures in Taos hover around 83°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Taos

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

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San Antonio

— 1 night
San Antonio is an unincorporated community in Socorro County, New Mexico, United States, roughly in the center of the state, on the Rio Grande. On the 2nd (Tue), contemplate the long history of White Sands Missile Range Trinity Site and then stroll through Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Antonio day trip planner.

You can drive from Taos to San Antonio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Taos in August; daily highs in San Antonio reach 89°F and lows reach 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
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New Mexico travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.