10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Jemez Springs
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Santa Fe
— 5 nights


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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and then admire the masterpieces at Albuquerque Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip maker website.

New York City to Albuquerque is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New York City to Albuquerque, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Jemez Springs.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods
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Jemez Springs — 1 night

Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. On the 10th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Valles Caldera National Preserve, witness a stunning natural landmark at Jemez Springs Bath House, and then take in the natural beauty of Jemez Hot Springs.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Jemez Springs trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Jemez Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Albuquerque in September, things will get little chillier in Jemez Springs: highs are around 74°F and lows about 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Taos.
Parks · Nature · Spas · Wildlife
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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 11th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, then examine the collection at La Hacienda del los Martinez, then see the interesting displays at Millicent Rogers Museum, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Enchanted Circle Pottery, then explore the galleries of Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Taos trip maker app.

Drive from Jemez Springs to Taos in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Jemez Springs in September, plan for little chillier nights in Taos, with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Fe.
Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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Santa Fe — 5 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.
Get in touch with nature at Pecos National Historical Park and Bandelier National Monument. Get some cultural insight at San Miguel Chapel and Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo) and Los Alamos (Los Alamos History Museum & Bradbury Science Museum). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Palace of the Governors, pause for some photo ops at Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument, contemplate the long history of El Rancho de las Golondrinas, and admire the masterpieces at New Mexico Museum of Art.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santa Fe travel site.

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Taos in September since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 52°F. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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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.