15 days in New Mexico Itinerary

15 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Taos
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Carlsbad
— 4 nights
Drive to Midland International Airport, Fly to Little Rock

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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.
On the 8th (Sun), make a trip to Taos Pueblo and then snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Rio Grande Gorge and then cast your line with Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Taos trip planning website.

Little Rock to Taos is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Little Rock to Taos is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Little Rock in August, plan for little chillier days in Taos, with highs around 79°F, while nights are colder with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Explore Santa Fe's surroundings by going to Cochiti Pueblo (Canyon Trail & Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, go for a walk through Keshi, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe tour planner.

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Taos in August, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Go for a jaunt from Albuquerque to Los Alamos to see Bandelier National Monument about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Albuquerque trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Alamogordo

— 2 nights
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of New Mexico Rails-to-Trails and then take some stellar pictures from State Route 244. Keep things going the next day: stop by White Sands Trading Company Gift Shop and then explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Alamogordo trip planner.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Alamogordo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. August in Alamogordo sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Carlsbad

— 4 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Explore Carlsbad's surroundings by going to Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Lion's Tail, Big Room, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Carlsbad trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Alamogordo to Carlsbad in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in August, and nighttime lows around 69°F. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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.