18 days in New Mexico Itinerary

18 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
2
Taos
— 3 nights
3
Jemez Springs
— 2 nights
4
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
5
Alamogordo
— 2 nights
6
Carlsbad
— 4 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, see the interesting displays at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf.

Make your Santa Fe itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Pittsburgh to Santa Fe is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Pittsburgh to Santa Fe is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Pittsburgh in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Fe, with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Cochiti Pueblo
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument ©

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hondo Iris Farm and Gallery (in Hondo) and Hunziger Bowl (in Taos Ski Valley). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, don't miss a visit to Taos Drums, and view the masterpieces at Enchanted Circle Pottery.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Taos trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Santa Fe in May; daily highs in Taos reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Hondo Iris Farm and Gallery, Rio Grande Gorge, Hunziger Bowl
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Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

2
nights
Jemez Springs

Jemez Springs ©
Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Valles Caldera National Preserve, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jemez Mountains, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Ojito Wilderness. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway, thentake in the natural beauty of Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs, and then take a memorable drive along Jemez Mountain Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Jemez Springs vacation maker site.

You can drive from Taos to Jemez Springs in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Taos in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Jemez Springs, with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Parks Scenic Drive Wildlife

Side Trip

Ojito Wilderness
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Valles Caldera National Preserve ©
Valles Caldera National Preserve
Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway ©
Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway
Jemez Mountain Trail ©
Jemez Mountain Trail

3
nights
Albuquerque

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 with an excursion to Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, examine the collection at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, explore the striking landscape of Petroglyph National Monument, and take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip site.

You can drive from Jemez Springs to Albuquerque in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Jemez Springs in May, you will find days in Albuquerque are somewhat warmer (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History, thenlearn about winemaking at McGinn's PistachioLand, and then get outside with Bluff Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at Tularosa Basin Museum of History, explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument, and then immerse yourself in nature at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Alamogordo trip planner.

Drive from Albuquerque to Alamogordo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Albuquerque in May: highs in Alamogordo hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Bluff Springs, White Sands National Monument
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Oliver Lee Memorial State Park ©
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
New Mexico Museum of Space History
Bluff Springs ©
Bluff Springs

4
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
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 still lots to do: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Carlsbad day trip website.

Drive from Alamogordo to Carlsbad in 3 hours. June in Carlsbad sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. On the 5th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome

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