9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Taos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: San Diego

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.
Get some historical perspective at Bandelier National Monument and Albuquerque Old Town. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tinkertown Museum and Telephone Museum of New Mexico. There's more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and see the interesting displays at Maxwell Museum of Anthropology.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Albuquerque visit website .

San Diego to Albuquerque is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego to Albuquerque, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 60°F in Albuquerque. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Tinkertown Museum, Bandelier National Monument
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Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Tesuque Glass Works or Enchanted Circle Pottery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Taos Pueblo and Kenneth Wyatt Gallery. Step out of Taos to go to Angel Fire and see Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals, look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, and view the masterpieces at 203 Fine Art.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Taos road trip tool .

You can drive from Albuquerque to Taos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Albuquerque in September, expect Taos to be little chillier, temps between 76°F and 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Rottenstone Pottery, Tesuque Glass Works, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Kenneth Wyatt Gallery
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nedra Matteucci Galleries and Canyon Road. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Loretto Chapel and The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Monroe Gallery, get a taste of the local shopping with Keshi, and examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 52°F in Santa Fe. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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