13 days in New Mexico Itinerary

13 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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13 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
1
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Taos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  6​h 30​min
End: Newark

2
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant, Head underground at Big Room, then take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Giant Dome.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Carlsbad trip itinerary planner.

Newark to Carlsbad is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Newark in April: highs in Carlsbad hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks

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

2
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. On the 9th (Tue), get a new perspective on nature at Tularosa Basin Museum of History, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alameda Park Zoo, then experience rural life at McGinn's PistachioLand, and finally explore the striking landscape of White Sands National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at New Mexico Museum of Space History, get curious at International Space Hall of Fame, get to know the fascinating history of New Mexico Rails-to-Trails, then look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path, and finally head outdoors with Trestle Recreation Area.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Alamogordo road trip app .

You can drive from Carlsbad to Alamogordo in 3 hours. April in Alamogordo sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Cloudcroft, White Sands National Monument
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Alameda Park Zoo ©
Alameda Park Zoo
New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
New Mexico Museum of Space History
Tularosa Basin Museum of History ©
Tularosa Basin Museum of History

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals, take in the exciting artwork at Las Comadres, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then view the masterpieces at Enchanted Circle Pottery, then take in the exciting artwork at Kenneth Wyatt Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Rottenstone Pottery. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at 203 Fine Art, take in the exciting artwork at Two Graces Gallery, explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, view the masterpieces at Taos Clay Studio, then examine the collection at Millicent Rogers Museum, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Taos Rockers Mineral & Fossil Outlet.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Taos route planner.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Taos takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. In April, Taos is little chillier than Alamogordo - with highs of 61°F and lows of 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rottenstone Pottery, Kenneth Wyatt Gallery, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and Keshi. Appreciate the collections at Nedra Matteucci Galleries and Museum of International Folk Art. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, take in the exciting artwork at Manitou Galleries, shop like a local with Mark White Fine Art, and see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in April, expect Santa Fe to be somewhat warmer, temps between 67°F and 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tesuque Glass Works
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.
Get some historical perspective at Bandelier National Monument and Albuquerque Old Town. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque and The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. There's lots more to do: browse for treasures at Tinkertown Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, stop by Blue Portal, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Albuquerque travel route planner.

Take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 43°F. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Bandelier National Monument, Tinkertown Museum
Highlights from your plan
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Balloon Rides

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