13 days in New Mexico Itinerary

13 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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13 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  5​h
1
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
2
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Abiquiu
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Tularosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Las Cruces
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Portland

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes New Mexico Jeep Tours as well as Chaco Culture National Historical Park. On the 28th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chaco Culture National Historical Park, learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

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Portland to Albuquerque is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Portland to Albuquerque, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Portland in September, you will find days in Albuquerque are somewhat warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
San Felipe de Neri Church ©
San Felipe de Neri Church

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and San Miguel Chapel. Discover out-of-the-way places like El Santuario de Chimayo and Valles Caldera National Preserve. Explore Santa Fe's surroundings by going to Puye Cliff Dwellings (in Espanola) and Bradbury Science Museum (in Los Alamos). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Canyon Road, see the interesting displays at The Harrell House Bug Museum, browse for treasures at Traveler's Market, and admire the masterpieces at New Mexico Museum of Art.

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Traveling by bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in September, Santa Fe is little chillier at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Valles Caldera National Preserve, Bradbury Science Museum, Puye Cliff Dwellings, El Santuario de Chimayo
Highlights from your plan
Puye Cliff Dwellings ©
Puye Cliff Dwellings
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Taos Art Museum, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, and finally appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Taos County Courthouse Murals, then take a stroll through Taos Pueblo, then explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

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Drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Taos, with lows of 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Abiquiu.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Horseback Riding Tours, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial

1
night
Abiquiu

Abiquiu ©
Abiquiú is a small census-designated place located in Rio Arriba County, in northern New Mexico in the southwestern United States, about 53 miles (85 km) north of Santa Fe. On the 5th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, explore the world behind art at Ghost Ranch, and then explore the striking landscape at Plaza Blanca.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Abiquiu road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Abiquiu takes 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Taos in October since evenings lows in Abiquiu dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Abiquiu

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Georgia O'Keeffe: Welcome Center ©
Georgia O'Keeffe: Welcome Center
Ghost Ranch ©
Ghost Ranch
Plaza Blanca ©
Plaza Blanca

2
nights
Tularosa

Tularosa ©
Tularosa is a village in Otero County, New Mexico, United States. You've now added Three Rivers Petroglyph Site to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Apache Mission Church, then explore the ancient world of Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, and then learn about winemaking at Tularosa Vineyards.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tularosa trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Abiquiu to Tularosa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly. When traveling from Abiquiu in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tularosa: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 49°F at night. On the 7th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tularosa

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

St. Joseph Apache Mission Church
Highlights from your plan
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
St. Joseph Apache Mission Church ©
St. Joseph Apache Mission Church
Tularosa Vineyards ©
Tularosa Vineyards

3
nights
Las Cruces

Las Cruces ©
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Old Mesilla Village. On the 7th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Old Mesilla Village. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Albino Church, then see the interesting displays at Basin Range Volcanics Geolapidary Museum Deming, and then steep yourself in history at Fort Cummings 1836-1886.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Las Cruces trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Tularosa to Las Cruces in 1.5 hours. In October in Las Cruces, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 50°F at night. On the 10th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Deming, Rockhound State Park, Mimbres River Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Mimbres River Preserve ©
Mimbres River Preserve
Old Mesilla Village ©
Old Mesilla Village
Rockhound State Park ©
Rockhound State Park

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