11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Fly to Albuquerque International Sunport, Drive to Taos
— 1 night
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
— 3 nights


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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo and then take a tour by water with Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the Taos trip planner.

Kalamazoo to Taos is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Kalamazoo in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Taos, with lows of 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Santa Fe — 3 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.
Attractions like Loretto Chapel and Canyon Road make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Santa Fe with a short trip to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in Cochiti Pueblo, about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Keshi, make a trip to Santa Fe Plaza, and take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santa Fe trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Taos to Santa Fe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Taos in May: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 73°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Carlsbad.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature
Side Trip

Carlsbad — 3 nights

Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Kids will appreciate attractions like Big Room and Giant Dome. Venture out of the city with trips to Carlsbad Caverns National Park (King's Palace, Hall of The White Giant, &more). It doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Carlsbad travel planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Carlsbad takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Santa Fe in May, expect Carlsbad to be a bit warmer, temps between 87°F and 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.
Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trip

Albuquerque — 3 nights

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.
On the 1st (Wed), explore and take pictures at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Albuquerque trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Carlsbad to Albuquerque in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Carlsbad in May; daily highs in Albuquerque reach 77°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Childrens Museums

New Mexico travel guide

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.