10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Artesia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
White Sands
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Orlando

2
nights
Artesia

Artesia ©
Artesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get lost in a book at Artesia Public Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and then Head underground at Big Room.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Artesia road trip app .

Orlando to Artesia is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Orlando in January: highs in Artesia hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to White Sands.

Things to do in Artesia

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

2
nights
White Sands

White Sands ©
White Sands is a census-designated place (CDP) in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes White Sands National Monument. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): do a tasting at Sombra Antigua Winery and then take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from San Agustin Pass and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Aguirre Spring Campground.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our White Sands driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Artesia to White Sands in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in White Sands

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Organ, Sombra Antigua Winery
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White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
Aguirre Spring Campground ©
Aguirre Spring Campground
Sombra Antigua Winery ©
Sombra Antigua Winery

2
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.
On the 9th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, then get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, then explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, then make a trip to Meow Wolf, and finally stop by Wind River Trading Company.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe trip itinerary planner.

Drive from White Sands to Santa Fe in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January in Santa Fe, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 20°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

3
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.
Step out of Albuquerque to go to Los Alamos and see Bandelier National Monument, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, engage your brain at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, and explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Albuquerque trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bandelier National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town

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