11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico vacation planner
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Fly to Midland International Airport, Drive to Carlsbad
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Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 5 nights
Fly

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Carlsbad — 3 nights

Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Get in touch with nature at Big Room and King's Palace. Change things up with these side-trips from Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Giant Dome, Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, &more). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take a memorable drive along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Carlsbad driving holiday tool.

Oklahoma City to Carlsbad is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Oklahoma City to Carlsbad. When traveling from Oklahoma City in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Carlsbad, with highs around 87°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Taos.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip

Taos — 2 nights

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, then snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and then appreciate the history behind Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then see what you can catch with Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips.

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You can drive from Carlsbad to Taos in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Carlsbad in May: high temperatures in Taos hover around 67°F and lows are around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Side Trip

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.
Visiting Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and Dale Ball Trails will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) and Canyon Trail (in Cochiti Pueblo). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, take in the exciting artwork at Mama's Minerals, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Ten Thousand Waves.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, Santa Fe is a bit warmer than Taos - with highs of 73°F and lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Side Trips

New Mexico travel guide

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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.