12 days in New Mexico Itinerary

12 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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12 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
fly:  5​h
1
Artesia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Los Alamos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Saint Louis

3
nights
Artesia

Artesia ©
Artesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Artesia: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (King's Palace, Big Room, & more) and Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park (in Carlsbad).

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Artesia trip builder app .

Saint Louis to Artesia is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Saint Louis to Artesia, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Saint Louis in March, you will find days in Artesia are somewhat warmer (71°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Artesia

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo) and Taos Pueblo (in Taos). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, look for gifts at Wind River Trading Company, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe trip planning tool .

You can drive from Artesia to Santa Fe in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Artesia in March; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 61°F and lows reach 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Alamos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Taos Pueblo, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Los Alamos History Museum and then delve into the distant past at Bandelier National Monument. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: deepen your understanding at Ghost Ranch and then get curious at Bradbury Science Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Los Alamos online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Los Alamos takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Santa Fe in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Los Alamos: temperatures range from 56°F by day to 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Los Alamos

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ghost Ranch
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Bradbury Science Museum ©
Bradbury Science Museum
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Ghost Ranch ©
Ghost Ranch

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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.
On the 14th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then explore the galleries of New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, then get to know the resident critters at ABQ BioPark Zoo, and finally engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, then stop by The Candy Lady, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and finally take a stroll through Albuquerque Old Town.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque online tour builder .

Drive from Los Alamos to Albuquerque in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Alamos in March: highs in Albuquerque hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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