11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Taos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Denver

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Albuquerque: Willow Creek Trail (in Rio Rancho), Ojito Wilderness (in San Ysidro) and Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old San Ysidro Church.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Albuquerque travel planner .

Denver to Albuquerque is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Denver in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Old San Ysidro Church, Ojito Wilderness, Bandelier National Monument, Willow Creek Trail
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3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Carlsbad side-trips: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Big Room, & more).

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Carlsbad trip planner .

You can drive from Albuquerque to Carlsbad in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

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.
Explore Taos' surroundings by going to John Dunn Bridge (in Arroyo Hondo), Plaza Blanca (in Abiquiu) and Red River (Middlefork Lake & Mallette Park Nature Trail). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, get interesting insight from Tours, stop by Francesca's Clothing Boutique, and stroll through Hunziger Bowl.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Taos trip site .

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Taos takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Carlsbad in October, expect Taos to be little chillier, temps between 65°F and 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Red River, Hunziger Bowl, Francesca's Clothing Boutique, Plaza Blanca, John Dunn Bridge
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Wild Rivers Recreation Area ©
Wild Rivers Recreation Area

2
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.
On the 5th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, take in nature's colorful creations at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, then explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, shop like a local with Keshi, then wander the wide-open spaces of Que Sera Alpaca, and finally wander the streets of Barrio de Analco.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Santa Fe day trip planner.

Drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in October, Santa Fe is a bit warmer at night with lows of 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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