11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Fly
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Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Taos
— 1 night
Drive
4
Carlsbad
— 4 nights
Drive to Midland International Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport

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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.
Albuquerque is known for historic sites, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, learn the secrets of beer at Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals, and make a trip to Spaceship House.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Albuquerque visit planner.

New York City to Albuquerque is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

3
nights
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.
Take a break from Santa Fe with a short trip to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in Cochiti Pueblo, about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, view the masterpieces at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, and admire the natural beauty at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 41°F in Santa Fe. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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 8th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Enchanted Circle Pottery, then explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, and then take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Taos online trip maker.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Taos, with lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

4
nights
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: Roswell (Roswell Space Center, International UFO Museum and Research Center, &more) and Carlsbad Caverns National Park (King's Palace, Big Room, &more). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, and admire the masterpieces at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Carlsbad trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Carlsbad takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Taos in October; daily highs in Carlsbad reach 80°F and lows reach 50°F. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

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.