10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  6 h
1
Socorro
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Taos
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Chicago

2
nights
Socorro

Socorro ©
Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mineralogical Museum and Old San Miguel Mission. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Socorro: Hatch (Hatch Chile Express & Hatch Chile Sales) and Geronimo Springs Museum (in Truth or Consequences).

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Socorro road trip planner.

Chicago to Socorro is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in March, expect nights in Socorro to be a bit warmer, around 38°F, while days are warmer, around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Socorro

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Hatch, Geronimo Springs Museum
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Geronimo Springs Museum ©
Geronimo Springs Museum
Old San Miguel Mission ©
Old San Miguel Mission
Hatch Chile Sales ©
Hatch Chile Sales

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. On the 23rd (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail, surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Giant Dome. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, thenstroll around Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area, and then admire the masterpieces at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.

Discover how to plan a Carlsbad trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Socorro to Carlsbad in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In March in Carlsbad, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park ©
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome

2
nights
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.
On the 25th (Wed), view the masterpieces at Mama's Minerals, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, look for gifts at Keshi, thenadmire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, and finally shop like a local with Traveler's Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, shop like a local with Canyon Road Contemporary Art, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, thenstroll around Cathedral Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip maker.

Getting from Carlsbad to Santa Fe by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Carlsbad in March; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 61°F and lows reach 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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nights
Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Take a break from the city and head to Taos Ski Valley Resort and High Road to Taos. Get some historical perspective at Taos Pueblo and San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Enchanted Circle Pottery, view the masterpieces at Taos Clay Studio, look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, and admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Taos trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Fe in March: high temperatures in Taos hover around 56°F and lows are around 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Taos Ski Valley Resort
Highlights from your plan
Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church

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