3 days in Santa Fe & Las Cruces Itinerary

3 days in Santa Fe & Las Cruces Itinerary

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3 days in Santa Fe & Las Cruces Itinerary

Start: Albuquerque
bus:  1​h
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Santa Fe
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Las Cruces
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Albuquerque

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
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 26th (Fri): make a trip to ViVO Contemporary, make a trip to Canyon Road, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, and finally admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, then don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, and finally look for gifts at Wind River Trading Company.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santa Fe route site .

Albuquerque to Santa Fe is an approximately 1-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in July, Santa Fe is a bit cooler at night with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

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Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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Las Cruces

Las Cruces ©
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 28th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, then take an in-depth tour of New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Old Mesilla Village.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Las Cruces online holiday planner .

Getting from Santa Fe to Las Cruces by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Fe in July: high temperatures in Las Cruces hover around 94°F and lows are around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Museums Historic Sites
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