8 days in Albuquerque & Santa Fe Itinerary

8 days in Albuquerque & Santa Fe Itinerary

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Albuquerque
— 3 nights
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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
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Albuquerque

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bombs Away Beer Co., then get curious at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, and finally don't miss a visit to Spaceship House. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, then explore the world behind art at Albuquerque Museum, then browse the exhibits of New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, and finally visit Albuquerque Old Town.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Albuquerque trip itinerary planning site.

Indianapolis to Albuquerque is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Indianapolis in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Albuquerque: highs are around 49°F and lows about 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Santa Fe

— 4 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 out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Taos Mesa Brewing (in El Prado) and Taos (Taos Pueblo & Rio Grande Gorge Bridge). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, learn about winemaking at The Wine Spot, and hit the slopes at Ski Santa Fe.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in January, things will get slightly colder in Santa Fe: highs are around 44°F and lows about 20°F. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

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