11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Albuquerque
Drive:  4 h 30 min
1
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
2
Taos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
4
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
End: Albuquerque

2
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (King's Palace, Big Room, &more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, get to know the resident critters at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Sitting Bull Falls.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Carlsbad travel planning website.

Albuquerque to Carlsbad is an approximately 4.5- hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Albuquerque in May: highs in Carlsbad hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Carlsbad Museum and Art Center ©
Carlsbad Museum and Art Center

3
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.
On the 5th (Tue), see the interesting displays at La Hacienda del los Martinez, then take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, then explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Taos Plaza, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, then admire all the interesting features of High Road to Taos, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Taos day trip app.

Drive from Carlsbad to Taos in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In May, Taos is colder than Carlsbad - with highs of 67°F and lows of 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
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San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, make a trip to Meow Wolf, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

For where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe online travel route planner.

Drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Taos in May: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 73°F and lows are around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Cochiti Pueblo
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

2
nights
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.
Step out of Albuquerque to go to Los Alamos and see Bandelier National Monument, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Petroglyph National Monument, explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Albuquerque trip simple and quick.

You can take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in May, Albuquerque is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 51°F. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bandelier National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument

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