10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Fort Smith
Fly + Drive:  7​h
1
Artesia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Fort Smith

2
nights
Artesia

Artesia ©
Artesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and then explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Artesia online holiday planner .

Fort Smith to Artesia is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Fort Smith to Artesia, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Artesia are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Artesia

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, then snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and finally wander the streets of Taos Pueblo. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of High Road to Taos, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then identify plant and animal life at Wild Rivers Recreation Area.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Taos day trip planning app .

You can drive from Artesia to Taos in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Artesia in September: high temperatures in Taos hover around 76°F and lows are around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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High Road to Taos ©
High Road to Taos
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then don't miss a visit to 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 17th (Tue): see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, and finally get a sense of history and politics at New Mexico Legislature.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe trip planner .

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Santa Fe, with lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Nature

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.
Take a break from Albuquerque with a short trip to Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, get curious at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, and take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Albuquerque online trip planner .

You can take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Bandelier National Monument
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument

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