17 days in New Mexico Itinerary

17 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Boise
Fly + Drive:  7 h 45 min
1
Artesia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Jemez Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Taos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
6
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
End: Boise

3
nights
Artesia

Artesia ©
Artesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Artesia: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Big Room, &more).

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Artesia vacation app.

Boise to Artesia is an approximately 8- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Boise in May, you will find days in Artesia are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Artesia

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

2
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History, stroll through White Sands National Monument, and then learn about winemaking at McGinn's PistachioLand. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along State Route 244, don't miss a visit to Giant Alamogordo Landmark, and then explore the ancient world of Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Alamogordo day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Artesia to Alamogordo takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

White Sands National Monument, Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, State Route 244
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New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
New Mexico Museum of Space History
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

2
nights
Jemez Springs

Jemez Springs ©
Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, look for all kinds of wild species at Ojito Wilderness, and then take in the natural beauty of Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Valles Caldera National Preserve, then get impressive views of Jemez Mountains, and then take a memorable drive along Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Jemez Springs attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Jemez Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Alamogordo in May, with highs in Jemez Springs at 66°F and lows at 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Ojito Wilderness
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Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument ©
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Valles Caldera National Preserve ©
Valles Caldera National Preserve
Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs ©

3
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.
Step out of Taos to go to Angel Fire and see Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, identify plant and animal life at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals, and shop like a local with Enchanted Circle Pottery.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Taos driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Jemez Springs to Taos takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Jemez Springs in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Taos, with lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Rio Grande Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

3
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.
Step out of Santa Fe with an excursion to Canyon Trail in Cochiti Pueblo--about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, view the masterpieces at Mama's Minerals, and take in nature's colorful creations at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens.

Plan a Santa Fe trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in May, expect Santa Fe to be somewhat warmer, temps between 73°F and 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Canyon Trail
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

3
nights
Albuquerque

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. And it doesn't end there: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town, get to know the resident critters at ABQ BioPark Zoo, and look for gifts at The Candy Lady.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Albuquerque road trip website.

You can take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Bandelier National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument

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