11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico itinerary planner
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
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Alamogordo
— 2 nights
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Santa Rosa
— 1 night
Drive
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Taos
— 1 night
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Santa Fe
— 5 nights
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Albuquerque — 1 night

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 27th (Sat): examine the collection at Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, then see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, and then get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Albuquerque Museum, get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, then take a stroll through Albuquerque Old Town, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Spaceship House.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Albuquerque trip itinerary website.

New York City to Albuquerque is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Albuquerque. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Albuquerque, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Alamogordo.
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Alamogordo — 2 nights

Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand, then brush up on your military savvy at White Sands Missle Range Museum, and then explore the striking landscape of White Sands National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, then do a tasting at Heart of the Desert, and then delve into the distant past at Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Alamogordo tour builder website.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Alamogordo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. When traveling from Albuquerque in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Alamogordo, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Rosa.
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Santa Rosa — 1 night

Santa Rosa is a city in and the county seat of Guadalupe County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Santa Rosa Lake State Park, then examine the collection at Route 66 Auto Museum, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Blue Hole.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santa Rosa tour itinerary planning website.

Drive from Alamogordo to Santa Rosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Alamogordo in May; daily highs in Santa Rosa reach 69°F and lows reach 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Taos.
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Taos — 1 night

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 1st (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, then explore the world behind art at Taos Art Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, and finally do a tasting at La Chiripada Tasting Room.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Taos visit planner.

Getting from Santa Rosa to Taos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Santa Rosa in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 35°F in Taos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.
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Santa Fe — 5 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Miguel Chapel and Palace of the Governors. Bradbury Science Museum and Los Alamos History Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo) and Jemez Springs (Valles Caldera National Preserve & Jemez Mountains). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at New Mexico Museum of Art, contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, learn about winemaking at Estrella Del Norte Vineyard & Tasting Room, and take a stroll through Canyon Road.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Santa Fe: highs are around 89°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.
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New Mexico travel guide

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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.
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