11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico trip planner

Make it your trip
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive
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Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Albuquerque, Fly to Rochester

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Albuquerque

— 1 night

Duke City

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 20th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and then engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Albuquerque Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, then look for gifts at The Candy Lady, and finally browse for treasures at Tinkertown Museum.

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Rochester to Albuquerque is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Rochester in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Albuquerque: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Alamogordo

— 2 nights
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand, then brush up on your military savvy at White Sands Missle Range Museum, and then appreciate the history behind White Sands National Monument. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History, then do a tasting at Heart of the Desert, and then delve into the distant past at Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Alamogordo road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Alamogordo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Albuquerque in May: highs in Alamogordo hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Museums · Wineries · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 4 nights

City Different

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.
For shopping fun, head to Nedra Matteucci Galleries or Santa Fe Honey Salon & Tea Shop. Explore hidden gems such as San Miguel Chapel and Palace of the Governors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo), Los Alamos (Los Alamos History Museum & Bradbury Science Museum) and Jemez Mountains (in Jemez Springs). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at New Mexico Museum of Art, examine the collection at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, and learn about winemaking at Estrella Del Norte Vineyard & Tasting Room.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe trip maker site.

You can drive from Alamogordo to Santa Fe in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Alamogordo in May, with highs in Santa Fe at 73°F and lows at 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Taos

— 3 nights
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 28th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Taos Art Museum, then examine the collection at La Hacienda del los Martinez, then admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, and finally soar above the sights with a balloon tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, explore and take pictures at The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe, and then take in the exciting artwork at Enchanted Circle Pottery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Taos online holiday planner.

Drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in May, things will get slightly colder in Taos: highs are around 67°F and lows about 35°F. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Taos

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
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.