12 days in New Mexico Itinerary

12 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Albuquerque
— 2 nights
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
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Taos
— 2 nights
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Carlsbad
— 4 nights

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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.
Step out of Albuquerque to go to Los Alamos and see Bandelier National Monument, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, catch all the local highlights with New Mexico Jeep Tours, sample some tasty brews at Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque road trip site.

New York City to Albuquerque is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Albuquerque, with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bandelier National Monument
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Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals ©
Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Balloon Rides

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip maker website.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Albuquerque in September, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cochiti Pueblo
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Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument ©
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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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 27th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo, snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, then explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at 203 Fine Art. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, stop by Enchanted Circle Pottery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church.

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Drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, Taos is a bit cooler at night with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Taos

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

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Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Giant Dome, Big Room, &more). It doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and explore and take pictures at Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.

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Getting from Taos to Carlsbad by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Taos in September: high temperatures in Carlsbad hover around 86°F and lows are around 63°F. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll travel back home.

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

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