11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 1 night
Drive
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Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive
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Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 2 nights
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Santa Fe

— 2 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, wander the streets of Canyon Road, go for a walk through Keshi, and make a trip to Santa Fe Plaza.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe driving holiday planning app.

New York City to Santa Fe is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in August, Santa Fe is slightly colder at night with lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Taos

— 1 night
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo and then take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Taos online journey planner.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Santa Fe in August, with highs in Taos at 79°F and lows at 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites

Carlsbad

— 3 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Lion's Tail, Big Room, &more). There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Carlsbad planning site.

You can drive from Taos to Carlsbad in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Taos in August, things will get a bit warmer in Carlsbad: highs are around 94°F and lows about 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Alamogordo

— 2 nights
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): learn about winemaking at McGinn's PistachioLand, get great views at State Route 244, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Osha Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Dog Canyon Trail and then take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Alamogordo day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Alamogordo takes 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Alamogordo can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Albuquerque

— 2 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 15th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Petroglyph National Monument.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Alamogordo to Albuquerque in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

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.