6 days in New Mexico Itinerary

6 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico route planner

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

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Taos

— 1 night
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 (Sat): view the masterpieces at 203 Fine Art, then get a taste of the local shopping with Las Comadres, and then take in the exciting artwork at Rottenstone Pottery. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Enchanted Circle Pottery, then explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, and then see the sights as you ascend with New Mexico River Adventures.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Taos online tour itinerary maker.

Houston to Taos is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Taos is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Houston, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Taos, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Shopping · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, shop like a local with Canyon Road Contemporary Art, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, take in the exciting artwork at Mark White Fine Art, then take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, and finally shop like a local with Traveler's Market. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, get a taste of the local shopping with Monroe Gallery, make a trip to Santa Fe Plaza, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally look for gifts at Santa Fe Indian Market.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Fe trip planning site.

Getting from Taos to Santa Fe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Taos in August, Santa Fe is a bit warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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 2nd (Wed): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Tinkertown Museum, view the masterpieces at Wright's Indian Art, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, and then relax and float downstream with Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Albuquerque trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Fe in September since evenings lows in Albuquerque dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trips

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.