22 days in New Mexico Itinerary

22 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Norfolk
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Las Cruces
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Carlsbad
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Taos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Jemez Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Albuquerque
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Norfolk

3
nights
Las Cruces

Las Cruces ©
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Las Cruces: Alamogordo (Tularosa Basin Museum of History & White Sands Trading Company Gift Shop) and Deming (D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room & Deming Luna Mimbres Museum). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument, stroll around Dripping Springs Natural Area, don't miss a visit to Recycled Roadrunner Sculpture, and ponder the design of Plaza de Las Cruces.

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Norfolk to Las Cruces is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Norfolk in May, you will find days in Las Cruces are somewhat warmer (83°F), and nights are little chillier (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Alamogordo, Deming, White Sands National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum ©
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum
Dripping Springs Natural Area ©
Dripping Springs Natural Area
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum ©

4
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Carlsbad side-trips: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Bottomless Pit, Big Room, &more). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park and admire all the interesting features of Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.

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You can drive from Las Cruces to Carlsbad in 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Carlsbad are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

4
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 (Canyon Trail & Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, make a trip to Meow Wolf, go for a walk through Keshi, and admire the natural beauty at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe visit planning site.

You can drive from Carlsbad to Santa Fe in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Carlsbad in June, things will get little chillier in Santa Fe: highs are around 89°F and lows about 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Cochiti Pueblo
Highlights from your plan
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.
Go for a jaunt from Taos to Angel Fire to see Vietnam Veterans Memorial about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Rivers Recreation Area.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Taos road trip site.

Getting from Santa Fe to Taos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in June, things will get a bit cooler in Taos: highs are around 83°F and lows about 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Historic Sites Parks

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
Jemez Springs

Jemez Springs ©
Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jemez Springs: Abiquiu (Plaza Blanca & Ghost Ranch), Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) and Ojito Wilderness (in San Ysidro). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Jemez Mountains, take a memorable drive along Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway, take in the natural beauty of Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs, and identify plant and animal life at Valles Caldera National Preserve.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Jemez Springs holiday planning tool.

Getting from Taos to Jemez Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Taos in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 60°F in Jemez Springs. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Abiquiu, Bandelier National Monument, Ojito Wilderness
Highlights from your plan
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Plaza Blanca ©
Plaza Blanca
Valles Caldera National Preserve ©
Valles Caldera National Preserve

4
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.
Albuquerque is known for historic sites, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take in nature's colorful creations at ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden, appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, and examine the collection at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

To find out how to plan a trip to Albuquerque, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Jemez Springs to Albuquerque takes 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Jemez Springs in June: highs in Albuquerque hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 64°F. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town

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