11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
1
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Taos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  6​h 30​min
End: Newark

2
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Slaughter Canyon Cave and then surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour.

Before you visit Carlsbad, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Newark to Carlsbad is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Carlsbad is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Newark in August, you will find days in Carlsbad are somewhat warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (69°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Slaughter Canyon Cave ©
Slaughter Canyon Cave

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with 203 Fine Art, explore the galleries of Vietnam Veterans Memorial, take in the exciting artwork at Enchanted Circle Pottery, then shop like a local with Taos Clay Studio, and finally explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Rottenstone Pottery, take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Taos Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals, then get a taste of the local shopping with Las Comadres, and finally admire the masterpieces at Blumenschein Home & Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Taos day trip planner.

Getting from Carlsbad to Taos by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Carlsbad in August; daily highs in Taos reach 79°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rottenstone Pottery, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Rottenstone Pottery ©
Rottenstone Pottery

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.
You'll explore and learn at Nedra Matteucci Galleries and Museum of International Folk Art. Shop till you drop at Keshi and Shidoni Galleries. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, see the interesting displays at The Harrell House Bug Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Monroe Gallery, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip planner .

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Taos in August, Santa Fe is a bit warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tesuque
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Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Museum of International Folk Art ©
Museum of International Folk Art
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.
You'll explore and learn at Tinkertown Museum and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, get interesting insight from Tours, look for gifts at Bookworks, and engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Albuquerque trip planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tinkertown Museum
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Tinkertown Museum ©
Tinkertown Museum
Balloon Rides
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town

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