12 days in New Mexico Itinerary

12 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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— 3 nights
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
Drive to Midland International Airport, Fly to Rochester


Albuquerque — 3 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Albuquerque to Los Alamos to see Bandelier National Monument about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, steep yourself in history at Petroglyph National Monument, and see the interesting displays at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Albuquerque online route planner.

Rochester to Albuquerque is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rochester to Albuquerque due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rochester in September, expect Albuquerque to be somewhat warmer, temps between 83°F and 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums
Side Trip

Santa Fe — 3 nights

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: Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, view the masterpieces at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, pause for some photo ops at New Mexico History Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Albuquerque in October since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Taos.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

Taos — 3 nights

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Taos is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the world behind art at Taos Art Museum, and explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Taos trip itinerary website.

Getting from Santa Fe to Taos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Taos when traveling from Santa Fe in October, with lows around 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.
Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Carlsbad — 2 nights

Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Carlsbad vacation maker app.

Traveling by car from Taos to Carlsbad takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Taos in October, with highs in Carlsbad at 80°F and lows at 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
Museums · Parks · Nature · Tours
Side Trip

New Mexico travel guide

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.