11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Taos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
4
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Big Room and then get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Carlsbad online holiday maker .

New York City to Carlsbad is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Carlsbad due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carlsbad, ranging from highs of 98°F to lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

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

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 23rd (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at 203 Fine Art, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, take in the exciting artwork at Enchanted Circle Pottery, then take in the exciting artwork at Tesuque Glass Works, and finally contemplate the long history of Taos Pueblo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals, view the masterpieces at Las Comadres, view the masterpieces at Taos Clay Studio, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then examine the collection at Millicent Rogers Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Rottenstone Pottery.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Taos tour planner .

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Taos takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Carlsbad in June, plan for little chillier days in Taos, with highs around 83°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Shopping Spas

Side Trips

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Tesuque Glassworks, Rottenstone Pottery
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Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nedra Matteucci Galleries and Keshi. You'll explore and learn at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and Monroe Gallery. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, view the masterpieces at Rainbow Man, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and stop by Doodlet's.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe road trip site .

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Taos in June: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 89°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Tinkertown Museum and then take in breathtaking views at Bandelier National Monument.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip maker website .

You can take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Fe in June since evenings lows in Albuquerque dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bandelier National Monument, Tinkertown Museum
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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