12 days in New Mexico Itinerary

12 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
2
Alamogordo
— 1 night
3
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
4
Taos
— 2 nights
5
Santa Fe
— 3 nights

2
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. On the 17th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Eddy House. On the next day, Head underground at King's Palace, Head underground at Big Room, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Carlsbad trip builder website.

Cincinnati to Carlsbad is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Cincinnati to Carlsbad, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cincinnati in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carlsbad: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

1
night
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): learn about all things military at Tularosa Basin Museum of History, examine the collection at New Mexico Museum of Space History, then engage your brain at International Space Hall of Fame, then get a taste of the local shopping with McGinn's PistachioLand, and finally explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Alamogordo trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Carlsbad to Alamogordo in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Alamogordo can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

White Sands National Monument
Highlights from your plan
New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
New Mexico Museum of Space History
Tularosa Basin Museum of History ©
Tularosa Basin Museum of History
International Space Hall of Fame ©
International Space Hall of Fame

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bandelier National Monument and San Felipe de Neri Church. Museum-lovers will get to explore Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and Albuquerque Museum. There's lots more to do: visit Albuquerque Old Town, get curious at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, steep yourself in history at Petroglyph National Monument, and have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Albuquerque journey planner.

Drive from Alamogordo to Albuquerque in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Alamogordo in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Albuquerque: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Bandelier National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument

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 24th (Fri): take a memorable drive along High Road to Taos, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, and then make a trip to Taos Pueblo. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at La Hacienda del los Martinez, then see the interesting displays at Millicent Rogers Museum, then take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wild Rivers Recreation Area.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Taos trip planning tool.

Drive from Albuquerque to Taos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Albuquerque in May; daily highs in Taos reach 67°F and lows reach 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and Museum of International Folk Art. Popular historic sites such as Loretto Chapel and Canyon Road are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Los Alamos Nature Center (in Los Alamos), Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo) and Valles Caldera National Preserve (in Jemez Springs). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, identify plant and animal life at Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, and stop by Tin - Nee - Ann.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Santa Fe trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in May, expect Santa Fe to be a bit warmer, temps between 73°F and 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Los Alamos Nature Center, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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