12 days in New Mexico Itinerary

12 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  4 h
1
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Taos
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
4
Roswell
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Los Angeles

2
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.
Get some cultural insight at Albuquerque Old Town and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Museum-lovers will appreciate New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society and Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Albuquerque: Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum (in Pueblo of Acoma) and Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip planner.

Los Angeles to Albuquerque is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles to Albuquerque, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in October; daily highs in Albuquerque reach 73°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, Bandelier National Monument
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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.
Appreciate the collections at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and Nedra Matteucci Galleries. Do some cultural sightseeing at Canyon Road and The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, admire the natural beauty at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, and do a tasting at Gruet Winery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip tool.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Albuquerque in October, with lows around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Millicent Rogers Museum and Tesuque Glassworks. Get some cultural insight at Taos Pueblo and Taos Art Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Taos Clay Studio, and see the interesting displays at La Hacienda del los Martinez.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Taos online holiday planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Taos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Taos when traveling from Santa Fe in October, with lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Roswell.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tesuque Glassworks, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

3
nights
Roswell

Roswell ©
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): do a tasting at Pecos Flavors Winery, see the interesting displays at International UFO Museum and Research Center, thenadmire all the interesting features of Singing Road, and finally pause for some photo ops at Lincoln State Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, thentake in the exciting artwork at Tokay Beaded Art, thenexplore the world behind art at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Historic District.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Roswell sightseeing planner.

Getting from Taos to Roswell by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Taos in October: high temperatures in Roswell hover around 79°F and lows are around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lincoln State Monument, Singing Road
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International UFO Museum and Research Center ©
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art ©
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art
Roswell Museum & Art Center ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center

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