12 days in New Mexico Itinerary

12 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive
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Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 4 nights
Shuttle to Albuquerque, Fly to Rochester

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Albuquerque

— 1 night

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 29th (Sat): have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque and then admire the masterpieces at Tinkertown Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and then admire the masterpieces at Albuquerque Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque tour 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. While traveling from Rochester, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Albuquerque, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Alamogordo

— 2 nights
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): make a trip to Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, do a tasting at Heart of the Desert, and then see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with McGinn's PistachioLand, then learn about all things military at White Sands Missle Range Museum, and then explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Alamogordo driving holiday planning tool.

Getting from Albuquerque to Alamogordo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Albuquerque in May, expect nights in Alamogordo to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Museums · Wineries · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 4 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.
For shopping fun, head to Keshi or Nedra Matteucci Galleries. San Miguel Chapel and Palace of the Governors will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Bradbury Science Museum (in Los Alamos) and El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, admire the masterpieces at New Mexico Museum of Art, and do a tasting at Estrella Del Norte Vineyard & Tasting Room.

Before you visit Santa Fe, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Santa Fe takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, Santa Fe is a bit cooler than Alamogordo - with highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Taos

— 4 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
You'll explore and learn at Millicent Rogers Museum and Taos Art Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Enchanted Circle Drive and Balloon Rides. There's much more to do: examine the collection at La Hacienda del los Martinez, take a memorable drive along The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, and view the masterpieces at Enchanted Circle Pottery.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Taos planning site.

Getting from Santa Fe to Taos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in June, things will get little chillier in Taos: highs are around 83°F and lows about 46°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive · Tours

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.