10 days in New Mexico & El Paso Itinerary

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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
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Los Alamos
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Jemez Springs
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Farmington
— 2 nights
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
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Las Cruces
— 2 nights
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El Paso
— 1 night
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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.
Santa Fe is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ten Thousand Waves, and appreciate the history behind Cross of the Martyrs.

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Atlanta to Santa Fe is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Santa Fe is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Atlanta in December, plan for little chillier days in Santa Fe, with highs around 45°F, while nights are colder with lows around 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Alamos.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Spas
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Los Alamos

Los Alamos is a town in Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States that is recognized as the birthplace of the first atomic bomb––the primary objective of the Manhattan Project by Los Alamos National Laboratory during World War II. The town is located on four mesas of the Pajarito Plateau, and has a population of 12,019. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Bandelier National Monument.

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You can drive from Santa Fe to Los Alamos in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in December, and nighttime lows around 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Jemez Springs.
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Jemez Springs

Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Valles Caldera National Preserve.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Jemez Springs trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Los Alamos to Jemez Springs takes an hour. In December in Jemez Springs, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 26°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Farmington.
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Farmington — 2 nights

Farmington ' is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. On the 28th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Shiprock Rock Formation.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Farmington day trip site.

Traveling by car from Jemez Springs to Farmington takes 3 hours. Traveling from Jemez Springs in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Farmington, with lows around 20°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Albuquerque.
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Albuquerque — 1 night

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 29th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Albuquerque route planner.

Traveling by car from Farmington to Albuquerque takes 3 hours. Traveling from Farmington in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 28°F. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Fri) before leaving for Las Cruces.
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Las Cruces — 2 nights

Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at White Sands National Monument.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Las Cruces tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Las Cruces takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Albuquerque in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Las Cruces: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 31°F at night. You will leave for El Paso on the 1st (Sun).
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El Paso — 1 night

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Traveling by car from Las Cruces to El Paso takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in El Paso are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Mon).
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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.
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