13 days in New Mexico Itinerary

13 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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13 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Geneva
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Albuquerque
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Taos
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + Fly + taxi:  6​h
4
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Geneva


5
nights
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.
Family-friendly places like ABQ BioPark Zoo and ABQ BioPark Aquarium will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, engage your brain at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Albuquerque Biological Park.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip itinerary maker site .

Geneva, Switzerland to Albuquerque is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Traveling from Geneva to Albuquerque, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Geneva in October, expect nights in Albuquerque to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Coronado Historic Site
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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.
Explore Santa Fe's surroundings by going to Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, make a trip to Canyon Road, and ponder the world of politics at New Mexico Legislature.

For where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip builder tool .

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Santa Fe, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bandelier National Monument, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

1
night
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 21st (Sun): wander the streets of Taos Pueblo, admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, and then snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Taos trip planner .

Getting from Santa Fe to Taos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Santa Fe in October, with highs in Taos at 20°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Taos

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum

2
nights
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room, then surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Hall of The White Giant.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Taos to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. In October, Carlsbad Caverns National Park is somewhat warmer than Taos - with highs of 31°C and lows of 11°C. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks Nature Tours
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Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour ©

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