13 days in New York City & New Mexico Itinerary

13 days in New York City & New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route planner

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New York City
— 5 nights
Fly
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 1 night
Drive
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Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive to Midland International Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport

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New York City

— 5 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Independence National Historical Park and Food Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Speed Boats Tours and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Teaneck Creek Conservancy (in Teaneck), Tenafly Nature Center (in Tenafly) and Great Neck Steppingstone Park (in Great Neck). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Met Cloisters, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Chapel.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the New York City tour planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to New York City. In July, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in New York City

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Albuquerque

— 1 night

Duke City

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get to know the resident critters at ABQ BioPark Zoo, contemplate the long history of Petroglyph National Monument, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Albuquerque takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New York City to Albuquerque, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in August since evenings lows in Albuquerque dip to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Santa Fe

— 2 nights

City Different

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum, and finally make a trip to Santa Fe Plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then take a stroll through Canyon Road, and then make a trip to Meow Wolf Santa Fe.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe attractions planner.

Drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Santa Fe, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Taos

— 1 night
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
On the 6th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals, contemplate the long history of Kit Carson Park, then snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Taos Mesa Brewing.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Taos vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Santa Fe to Taos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Santa Fe in August, with highs in Taos at 79°F and lows at 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Taos

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Carlsbad

— 3 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. On the 7th (Fri), Head underground at Big Room, get interesting insight from Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Brantley Lake State Park, get to know the resident critters at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, and then explore the activities along Pecos River Flume.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Carlsbad trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Carlsbad takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Taos in August, things will get a bit warmer in Carlsbad: highs are around 94°F and lows about 69°F. You will leave for home on the 9th (Sun).

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

New Mexico travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.