11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Roswell, Drive to Alamogordo
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Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Fly

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Alamogordo

— 1 night
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Alamogordo day trip planning app.

Sacramento to Alamogordo is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sacramento to Alamogordo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sacramento in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Alamogordo, with lows around 67°F. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

— 2 nights
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of King's Palace, identify plant and animal life at Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then Head underground at Big Room.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad Caverns National Park day trip website.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in August, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Albuquerque

— 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and then get interesting insight from Tours. On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at ABQ BioPark Zoo and then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque day trip site.

Getting from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Albuquerque by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in August, expect Albuquerque to be slightly colder, temps between 88°F and 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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 6th (Fri): make a trip to Taos Plaza, then delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo, and then snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of High Road to Taos and then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Taos travel route builder site.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Taos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Albuquerque in August; daily highs in Taos reach 79°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Santa Fe

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in August, Santa Fe is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · 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.