11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Newark
train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Grants
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Newark

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.
Explore hidden gems such as San Felipe de Neri Church and Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum and New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Cibola National Forest, get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and admire the masterpieces at Albuquerque Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip itinerary planning tool .

Newark to Albuquerque is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to Albuquerque. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum
Highlights from your plan
San Felipe de Neri Church ©
San Felipe de Neri Church
Cibola National Forest ©
Cibola National Forest

2
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument, then don't miss a visit to Giant Alamogordo Landmark, and then make a trip to Three Rivers Petroglyph Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): examine the collection at New Mexico Museum of Space History, learn about winemaking at Heart of the Desert, and then immerse yourself in nature at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Alamogordo itinerary website .

Getting from Albuquerque to Alamogordo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Alamogordo are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Grants.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

White Sands National Monument, Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
Highlights from your plan
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
New Mexico Museum of Space History

1
night
Grants

Grants ©
Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. On the 15th (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano and then explore the fascinating underground world of El Malpais National Monument.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Grants trip planner .

You can drive from Alamogordo to Grants in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Alamogordo in September; daily highs in Grants reach 79°F and lows reach 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Grants

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
El Malpais National Monument ©
El Malpais National Monument
Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano ©
Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Millicent Rogers Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Taos Art Museum, get interesting insight from Tours, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Rivers Recreation Area.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Taos road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Grants to Taos takes 3.5 hours. In September in Taos, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©
Wild Rivers Recreation Area ©
Wild Rivers Recreation Area

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at El Rancho de las Golondrinas and San Miguel Chapel. Discover out-of-the-way places like Valles Caldera National Preserve and El Santuario de Chimayo. Change things up with a short trip to Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and view the masterpieces at Mama's Minerals.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe route builder app .

Drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Santa Fe, with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Valles Caldera National Preserve, Ghost Ranch, El Santuario de Chimayo
Highlights from your plan
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
Valles Caldera National Preserve ©
Valles Caldera National Preserve

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