55 days in New Mexico Itinerary

55 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Santa Fe
— 9 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 8 nights
Drive
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Nageezi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grants
— 4 nights
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 8 nights
Drive
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Jemez Springs
— 6 nights
Drive
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Roswell
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carlsbad
— 7 nights
Drive
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Alamogordo
— 6 nights
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Santa Fe

— 9 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Canyon Trail & Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument) and Chimayo (Santo Nino Chapel & El Santuario de Chimayo). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, wander the streets of Canyon Road, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip itinerary planning app.

Toronto, Canada to Santa Fe is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in September: highs in Santa Fe hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Taos

— 8 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Explore Taos' surroundings by going to Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire), Hunziger Bowl (in Taos Ski Valley) and Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips (in Velarde). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, don't miss a visit to Taos Pueblo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, and view the masterpieces at Enchanted Circle Pottery.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Taos trip itinerary website.

Drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Taos, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nageezi.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Nageezi

— 2 nights
Nageezi is a census-designated place in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Pueblo Bonito and then steep yourself in history at Chetro Ketl.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nageezi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Nageezi takes 3 hours. Traveling from Taos in September, expect Nageezi to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Grants.

Things to do in Nageezi

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Grants

— 4 nights
Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Grants: Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum (in Pueblo of Acoma) and Ramah (Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary & El Morro National Monument). Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring nature at El Malpais National Monument. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Taylor, stop by Chaco Canyon Trading Co, and examine the collection at New Mexico Mining Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Grants journey maker.

Traveling by car from Nageezi to Grants takes 2 hours. Traveling from Nageezi in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 8°C in Grants. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Grants

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Albuquerque

— 8 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.
Albuquerque is known for historic sites, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, admire nature's wide array of creatures at ABQ BioPark Zoo, get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and engage your brain at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grants to Albuquerque in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grants in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Jemez Springs

— 6 nights
Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jemez Springs: Cave Loop Trail (in Cochiti Pueblo), Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) and San Pedro Parks Wilderness (in Cuba). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Plaza Blanca, take a memorable drive along Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway, take in the spiritual surroundings of Christ of the Desert Monastary, and take in the natural beauty of Jemez Springs Bath House.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Jemez Springs online tour planner.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Jemez Springs in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Albuquerque, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Jemez Springs, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Roswell.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Roswell

— 4 nights
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Roswell: Spas (in Ruidoso) and Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery (in San Patricio). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at International UFO Museum and Research Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, admire the majestic nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park, and get engrossed in the history at Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Roswell driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from Jemez Springs to Roswell takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Jemez Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Roswell, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Carlsbad

— 7 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (King's Palace, Big Room, &more). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, take a memorable drive along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive, take an in-depth tour of Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Carlsbad trip planner.

Traveling by car from Roswell to Carlsbad takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Carlsbad are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Alamogordo

— 6 nights
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Explore Alamogordo's surroundings by going to Cloudcroft (State Route 244 & Trestle Recreation Area), Las Cruces (Veterans Memorial Park & Dripping Springs Natural Area) and Runyan Ranches (in Mayhill). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument, trek along Dog Canyon Trail, relax in the rural setting at Heart of the Desert, and appreciate the extensive heritage of New Mexico Rails-to-Trails.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Alamogordo online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Carlsbad to Alamogordo in 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Alamogordo are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

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.