10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Albuquerque — 1 night

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 11th (Wed): see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Spaceship House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Albuquerque Museum, wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town, and then engage your brain at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque travel route planning website.

New York City to Albuquerque is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New York City to Albuquerque, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in January, you will find days in Albuquerque are a bit warmer (49°F), and nights are about the same (26°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Deming.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Deming — 1 night

Deming is a city in Luna County, New Mexico, United States, located 60 miles (97 km) west of Las Cruces and thirty-three miles north of the Mexican border. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, then explore the world behind art at Deming Arts Center, and then take in the dramatic natural features at City of Rocks State Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Deming online route planner.

Drive from Albuquerque to Deming in 4 hours. When traveling from Albuquerque in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Deming, with highs around 56°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carlsbad.
Museums · Parks · Nature

Carlsbad — 4 nights

Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. International UFO Museum and Research Center and Tokay Beaded Art will appeal to museum buffs. Get outdoors at Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and Lion's Tail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Slaughter Canyon Cave, Hall of The White Giant, &more) and Alien Zone Area 51 (in Roswell).

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad online vacation planner.

Drive from Deming to Carlsbad in 4.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Carlsbad are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping
Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, look for gifts at Mama's Minerals, then view the masterpieces at Luca decor, then see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then make a trip to Santa Fe Plaza, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Ten Thousand Waves.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe road trip planning website.

You can drive from Carlsbad to Santa Fe in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Carlsbad in January, things will get little chillier in Santa Fe: highs are around 44°F and lows about 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Parks

New Mexico travel guide

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.