9 days in North Dakota & New Mexico Itinerary

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Make it your trip
— 1 night
Fly to Santa Fe, Shuttle to Taos
— 2 nights
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
— 2 nights


Fargo — 1 night

Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site and then learn about winemaking at 4e Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Red River Market, then take an in-depth tour of Fargo Air Museum, and then learn more about the world around you at Red River Zoo.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fargo trip site.

Philadelphia to Fargo is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Fargo is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in April, with highs in Fargo at 51°F and lows at 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Taos.
Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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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 9th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, then see what you can catch with Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips, and then don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Taos Pueblo, explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, and then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Taos online travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Fargo to Taos in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Fargo in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Taos, with highs around 61°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Santa Fe.
Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bandelier National Monument and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Museum-lovers will appreciate Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and Nedra Matteucci Galleries. Go for a jaunt from Santa Fe to Los Alamos to see Los Alamos History Museum about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe online road trip planner.

Getting from Taos to Santa Fe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Taos in April, expect Santa Fe to be a bit warmer, temps between 67°F and 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Albuquerque — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): examine the collection at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Albuquerque online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from Santa Fe in April, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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North Dakota travel guide

National Parks · History Museums · Historic Sites
Geographic Center of the North American Continent
A primarily rural state, North Dakota is the ancient home of the Lakota tribe. Norwegian settlers once made up the European population, and one of the state's major attractions is the Norsk Høstfest, the largest Norwegian festival in the United States. The vast plains and never-ending sky inspire the many orchestras that call the state home. The spirituality of the music is second only to the spirituality of the people, as the state has the nation's highest percentage of churchgoing residents. The state's open fields are conducive to fishing, hunting, and winter activities.

New Mexico travel guide

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.