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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Taos Pueblo and then take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Rio Grande Gorge and then head outdoors with Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Taos trip maker app.

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 moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Little Rock in August: highs in Taos hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors · Tours · 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Canyon Trail & Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf Santa Fe.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip itinerary website.

Getting from Taos to Santa Fe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Taos in August, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (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.
Step out of Albuquerque to go to Los Alamos and see Bandelier National Monument, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, and get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town.

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Drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Fe in August since evenings lows in Albuquerque dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can 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 10th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of New Mexico Rails-to-Trails and then take some stellar pictures from State Route 244. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at White Sands Trading Company Gift Shop and then stroll through White Sands National Monument.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Alamogordo vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Alamogordo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. In August in Alamogordo, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

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). There's more to do: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Carlsbad trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Carlsbad takes 3 hours. August in Carlsbad sees daily highs of 94°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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.