11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Artesia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Los Alamos
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Newark

3
nights
Artesia

Artesia ©
Artesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Artesia side-trips: International UFO Museum and Research Center (in Roswell) and Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Big Room, & more).

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Artesia trip planning website .

Newark to Artesia is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to Artesia due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in August, you will find days in Artesia are a bit warmer (91°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Artesia

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, International UFO Museum and Research Center
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, then see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, and then wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, then explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, then get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and finally stop by Skip Maisel's.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Albuquerque day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Artesia to Albuquerque takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Alamos.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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2
nights
Los Alamos

Los Alamos ©
Los Alamos is a town in Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States that is recognized as the birthplace of the first atomic bomb––the primary objective of the Manhattan Project by Los Alamos National Laboratory during World War II. On the 26th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Valles Caldera National Preserve and then explore the stunning scenery at Bandelier National Monument. Keep things going the next day: get curious at Bradbury Science Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Los Alamos History Museum, then stop by Fuller Lodge Art Center, and finally stroll around White Rock Overlook Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Los Alamos online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Albuquerque to Los Alamos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Albuquerque in August: high temperatures in Los Alamos hover around 78°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Los Alamos

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Valles Caldera National Preserve
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Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Bradbury Science Museum ©
Bradbury Science Museum
Valles Caldera National Preserve ©
Valles Caldera National Preserve

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Taos Pueblo (in Taos), San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church (in Ranchos De Taos) and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and take a stroll through Canyon Road.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe route builder site .

Traveling by car from Los Alamos to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Los Alamos in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Fe: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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