10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to El Paso, Bus to Alamogordo
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Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive
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Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Fly

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Alamogordo

— 1 night
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): experience rural life at McGinn's PistachioLand and then learn about winemaking at Heart of the Desert. On the next day, see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at White Sands National Monument.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Alamogordo attractions planning website.

Los Angeles to Alamogordo is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Alamogordo is 1 hour. In December, Alamogordo is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 56°F and lows of 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Wineries · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Carlsbad

— 3 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (King's Palace, Big Room, &more). It doesn't end there: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Carlsbad holiday builder app.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Carlsbad takes 3 hours. In December in Carlsbad, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Fe

— 3 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.
Santa Fe is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, go for a walk through Keshi, get a taste of the local shopping with Nedra Matteucci Galleries, and examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santa Fe vacation planner.

You can drive from Carlsbad to Santa Fe in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Carlsbad in December: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 45°F and lows are around 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Albuquerque

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, and then have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in December, Albuquerque is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

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.