10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Fly
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 1 night
Drive
3
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive
4
San Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
5
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive to Midland International Airport, Fly to Richmond International Airport

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Harrell House Bug Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, then trek along Canyon Trail, then look for gifts at Wind River Trading Company, and finally steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe vacation maker site.

Richmond to Santa Fe is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Richmond to Santa Fe is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Richmond in November, with highs in Santa Fe at 54°F and lows at 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

1
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Taos

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo, take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, then explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at 203 Fine Art.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Taos online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Taos, with lows around 21°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Taos

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and finally look for gifts at The Candy Lady. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, and then engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Taos to Albuquerque in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Taos in November; daily highs in Albuquerque reach 59°F and lows reach 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

1
night
San Antonio

San Antonio is an unincorporated community in Socorro County, New Mexico, United States, roughly in the center of the state, on the Rio Grande. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate the long history of White Sands Missile Range Trinity Site and then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Albuquerque to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. November in San Antonio sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail, then Head underground at Big Room, and then explore the striking landscape at Bottomless Pit. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Giant Dome, look for all kinds of wild species at Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Hall of The White Giant.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad trip builder app.

Drive from San Antonio to Carlsbad in 4 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Carlsbad can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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.