12 days in New Mexico Itinerary

12 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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12 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Albuquerque
Bus:  1​h
1
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
2
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Artesia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
End: Albuquerque

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Loretto Chapel and Canyon Road. Let the collections at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and Mama's Minerals capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo), Philmont Scout Ranch (in Cimarron) and Wild Rivers Recreation Area (in Taos). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, shop like a local with Canyon Road Contemporary Art, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, and see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip planner .

Albuquerque to Santa Fe is an approximately 1-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in June, Santa Fe is slightly colder at night with lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Wild Rivers Recreation Area, Philmont Scout Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque and Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bandelier National Monument and Albuquerque Old Town. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Albuquerque trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in June, Albuquerque is a bit warmer at night with lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, Old San Ysidro Church, Bandelier National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument

2
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Tularosa Basin Museum of History, explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument, and then learn about all things military at White Sands Missle Range Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History, then engage your brain at International Space Hall of Fame, then learn about winemaking at McGinn's PistachioLand, and finally don't miss a visit to Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Alamogordo travel route tool .

You can drive from Albuquerque to Alamogordo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Alamogordo can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Artesia.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

White Sands National Monument, Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
Highlights from your plan
New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

3
nights
Artesia

Artesia ©
Artesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Historic District, then examine the collection at International UFO Museum and Research Center, and then get engrossed in the history at Roswell Museum & Art Center. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room and then look for all kinds of wild species at Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Artesia road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Artesia takes 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 94°F, and evening lows to 69°F. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Artesia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Roswell, Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Roswell Museum & Art Center ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center

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