8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico itinerary planner

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Fly to Albuquerque International Sunport, Drive to Rio Rancho
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Rio Rancho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Alamos
— 1 night
Drive
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Taos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 1 night
Drive
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Madrid
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
Fly

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Rio Rancho

— 2 nights
Rio Rancho is the largest city and economic hub of Sandoval County in the U.S. state of New Mexico. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): stroll around A Park Above and then play a few rounds at Twin Warriors Golf Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: try to win big at Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel and then examine the collection at J&R Vintage Auto Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rio Rancho trip planner.

Phoenix to Rio Rancho is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Phoenix in October, expect Rio Rancho to be much colder, temps between 70°F and 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Los Alamos.

Things to do in Rio Rancho

Fun & Games · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Los Alamos

— 1 night
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. For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Los Alamos driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Rio Rancho to Los Alamos in 2 hours. When traveling from Rio Rancho in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Los Alamos: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 45°F at night. On the 6th (Wed), you're off to Taos.

Things to do in Los Alamos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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 6th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum and then take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, then admire the masterpieces at Taos Art Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Taos Plaza.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Taos tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Los Alamos to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Alamos in October, Taos is a bit cooler at night with lows of 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Museums · Historic Sites

Santa Fe

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and then appreciate the history behind New Mexico History Museum. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, and then don't miss a visit to ViVO Contemporary.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip maker app.

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 October since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Madrid.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Madrid

Madrid is a census-designated place in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, United States. To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Madrid trip maker tool.

Getting from Santa Fe to Madrid by car takes about an hour. In October in Madrid, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 41°F at night. On the 9th (Sat), you'll travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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 10th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Albuquerque itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Madrid to Albuquerque in an hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from Madrid in October, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Outdoors · Tours
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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.