11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  10​h
1
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Taos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Madison

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Visiting Big Room and Hall of The White Giant will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Slaughter Canyon Cave, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Carlsbad trip itinerary planning website .

Madison to Carlsbad is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madison to Carlsbad. In October, Carlsbad is a bit warmer than Madison - with highs of 80°F and lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Slaughter Canyon Cave ©
Slaughter Canyon Cave
Carlsbad Museum and Art Center ©
Carlsbad Museum and Art Center

1
night
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. On the 5th (Fri), relax in the rural setting at Heart of the Desert, then relax in the rural setting at McGinn's PistachioLand, then explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument, and finally look for gifts at White Sands Trading Company Gift Shop.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Alamogordo day trip planning app .

Drive from Carlsbad to Alamogordo in 3 hours. In October in Alamogordo, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Wineries Outdoors Nature
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White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
McGinn's PistachioLand ©
McGinn's PistachioLand

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 6th (Sat): soar above the sights with a balloon tour and then wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Singing Road, then explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, then get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and finally engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Albuquerque trip builder site .

Getting from Alamogordo to Albuquerque by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Alamogordo in October, expect nights in Albuquerque to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Singing Road
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Balloon Rides
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument

1
night
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 8th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Taos Plaza, then explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, then explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, and finally take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

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Drive from Albuquerque to Taos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Albuquerque in October, expect Taos to be a bit cooler, temps between 65°F and 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bandelier National Monument and The Plaza. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Canyon Road and Museum of International Folk Art. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, witness a stunning natural landmark at ten thousand waves, and examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip planner .

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 2 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Bandelier National Monument
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Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel

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