24 days in New Mexico Itinerary

24 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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24 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Minneapolis
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Albuquerque
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
Santa Fe
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Taos
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Roswell
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
Minneapolis

5
days
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, zoos & aquariums, childrens museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, meet the residents at Albuquerque Biological Park, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip builder.

Minneapolis to Albuquerque is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Albuquerque. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Minneapolis in February: highs in Albuquerque hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Outdoors Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
ABQ BioPark Zoo
Balloon Rides

6
days
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.
Explore Santa Fe's surroundings by going to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo) and Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos). On the 14th (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Ski Santa Fe. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, ponder the world of politics at New Mexico Legislature, and see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Albuquerque in February, expect Santa Fe to be little chillier, temps between 48°F and 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Bandelier National Monument, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Bandelier National Monument
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road

4
days
Taos

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), La Chiripada Winery (in Dixon) and Red River Ski & Summer Area (in Red River). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, take a memorable drive along High Road to Taos, look for gifts at Twirl, and admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Taos trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in February, Taos is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

La Chiripada Winery, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Francesca's Clothing Boutique, Red River Ski & Summer Area
Highlights from your plan
Red River Ski & Summer Area
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo

4
days
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Change things up with a short trip to Sitting Bull Falls in Carlsbad (about 50 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room, look for all kinds of wild species at Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Bottomless Pit.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip builder.

Getting from Taos to Carlsbad Caverns National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Taos in February: high temperatures in Carlsbad Caverns National Park hover around 64°F and lows are around 34°F. On the 24th (Sat), you're off toRoswell.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Sitting Bull Falls
Highlights from your plan
Sitting Bull Falls

2
days
Roswell

Roswell is a city in northern Fulton County, Georgia, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park and then look and learn at Roswell Museum & Art Center. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Pecos Flavors Winery + Bistro, stop by Alien Zone, and then examine the collection at International UFO Museum And Research Center.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Roswell travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Roswell takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Roswell, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Roswell, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Roswell

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bottomless Lakes State Park
Roswell Museum & Art Center

2
days
Alamogordo

Alamogordo is the county seat and economic center of Otero County in south-central New Mexico, United States. On the 27th (Tue), do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand and then take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Alameda Park Zoo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Alamogordo itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Roswell to Alamogordo takes 3 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Roswell in February, you will find days in Alamogordo are a bit warmer (61°F), and nights are about the same (33°F). On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
White Sands National Monument
Alameda Park Zoo

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