14 days in New Mexico Itinerary

14 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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14 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly + Drive:  9 h 30 min
1
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
2
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Los Alamos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
5
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  27 h
End: Tokyo

2
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Broken Saddle Riding Company (in Cerrillos) and El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and take in the natural beauty of ten thousand waves.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe trip itinerary builder app.

Tokyo, Japan to Santa Fe is an approximately 20- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -16 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Tokyo in July, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Broken Saddle Riding Company, El Santuario de Chimayo
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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.
Albuquerque is known for historic sites, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town, observe the fascinating underwater world at Albuquerque Biological Park, learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and stop by Blue Portal.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque online route planner.

Take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Alamos.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon ©
Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon

2
nights
Los Alamos

Los Alamos ©
Los Alamos is a town in Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States that is recognized as the birthplace of the first atomic bomb––the primary objective of the Manhattan Project by Los Alamos National Laboratory during World War II. On the 7th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and then look for all kinds of wild species at Valles Caldera National Preserve. On your second day here, take in breathtaking views at Bandelier National Monument, get engrossed in the history at Los Alamos History Museum, and then get curious at Bradbury Science Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Los Alamos road trip planner.

Drive from Albuquerque to Los Alamos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Albuquerque in July, things will get a bit cooler in Los Alamos: highs are around 32°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Los Alamos

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Bradbury Science Museum ©
Bradbury Science Museum

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo, then take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, then admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Las Comadres.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Taos online route planner.

Getting from Los Alamos to Taos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Alamos in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Taos, with lows around 13°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Taos

Scenic Drive Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
High Road to Taos ©
High Road to Taos
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

2
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, take a memorable drive along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, explore the fascinating underground world of Slaughter Canyon Cave, and then Head underground at Big Room.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad vacation planning website.

Traveling by car from Taos to Carlsbad takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Taos in July: high temperatures in Carlsbad hover around 42°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Slaughter Canyon Cave ©
Slaughter Canyon Cave

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