10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Artesia
— 2 nights
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Taos
— 2 nights
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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Albuquerque
— 3 nights

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Artesia

Artesia ©
Artesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and then Head underground at Big Room.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Artesia itinerary planner.

Fort Smith to Artesia is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Artesia

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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

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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): make a trip to Taos County Courthouse Murals, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, then take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and finally delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along High Road to Taos, get interesting insight from Tours, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Rivers Recreation Area.

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You can drive from Artesia to Taos in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In September, Taos is a bit cooler than Artesia - with highs of 76°F and lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
High Road to Taos ©
High Road to Taos
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©

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.
On the 16th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, then get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum, then examine the collection 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.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip planner.

Getting from Taos to Santa Fe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Taos in September, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©

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.
Step out of Albuquerque with an excursion to Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Albuquerque Old Town, explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, browse the exhibits of New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, and get curious at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, Albuquerque is a bit warmer at night with lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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

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