24 days in New Mexico Itinerary

24 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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24 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  22​h
Santa Fe
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Taos
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly + taxi:  6​h
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Roswell
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Ruidoso
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h
Sydney

5
days
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Puye Cliff Dwellings and Bradbury Science Museum. Get some cultural insight at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and San Miguel Chapel. Venture out of the city with trips to Ghost Ranch (in Abiquiu), Chimayo (Santo Nino Chapel & El Santuario de Chimayo Historic Site) and Pecos National Historical Park (in Pecos). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Valles Caldera National Preserve, examine the collection at Harrell House of Natural Oddities, take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, and don't miss a visit to Canyon Road.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe attractions planner .

Sydney, Australia to Santa Fe is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You'll gain 17 hours traveling from Sydney to Santa Fe due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in September, you will find days in Santa Fe are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Chimayo, Jemez Springs, Puye Cliff Dwellings, Pecos National Historical Park, Ghost Ranch
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San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
El Santuario de Chimayo Historic Site ©
Ghost Ranch ©
Ghost Ranch

4
days
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.
Let the collections at Millicent Rogers Museum and Vietnam Veterans Memorial capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church and Taos Pueblo are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Taos to Cimarron to see Philmont Scout Ranch about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Enchanted Circle Drive, look for gifts at Twirl, admire the masterpieces at Taos Art Museum, and take a memorable drive along The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Taos online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Taos when traveling from Santa Fe in September, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Philmont Scout Ranch, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
Philmont Scout Ranch ©
Philmont Scout Ranch

3
days
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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.
Get in touch with nature at Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Big Room. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to King's Palace and Sitting Bull Falls. There's more to do: take a memorable tour with Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Carlsbad Caverns National Park travel route planning site .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Taos to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Taos in September, expect Carlsbad Caverns National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 20°C. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Roswell.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Sitting Bull Falls
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Sitting Bull Falls ©
Sitting Bull Falls

2
days
Roswell

Roswell ©
Roswell is a city in northern Fulton County, Georgia, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): see the interesting displays at International UFO Museum And Research Center, then stop by Alien Zone, then do a tasting at Pecos Flavors Winery + Bistro, and finally admire the majestic nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico, then admire the masterpieces at The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, then see the sky in a new way at Roswell Museum & Art Center, and finally get curious at Roswell Space Center.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Roswell vacation planner .

Drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Roswell in 2.5 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Roswell due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in September: highs in Roswell hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ruidoso.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums Childrens Museums Nature
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Roswell Museum & Art Center ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center
Bottomless Lakes State Park ©
Bottomless Lakes State Park

3
days
Ruidoso

Ruidoso ©
Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Explore hidden gems such as Heart of the Desert and New Mexico Museum of Space History. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like White Sands Missle Range Museum and Noisy Water Winery. Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, catch the contagious excitement of Ruidoso Downs, and tee off at Links At Sierra Blanca.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ruidoso day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Roswell to Ruidoso takes 2 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Roswell to Ruidoso. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Roswell in October: high temperatures in Ruidoso hover around 22°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Outdoors Golf Museums

Side Trip

Alamogordo
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Links At Sierra Blanca ©
Links At Sierra Blanca
White Sands Missle Range Museum ©
White Sands Missle Range Museum
New Mexico Museum of Space History ©

3
days
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.
Get in touch with nature at Albuquerque Biological Park and Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and Casa Rondena Winery. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Cibola National Forest, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Tinkertown Museum, and have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Albuquerque vacation website .

You can drive from Ruidoso to Albuquerque in 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ruidoso in October: highs in Albuquerque hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Sandia Park
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