14 days in New Mexico Itinerary

14 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive
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Carlsbad
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Santa Fe, Fly to Green Bay

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): look for gifts at The Candy Lady, squeeze the most out of the city with Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Albuquerque online route planner.

Green Bay to Albuquerque is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Green Bay in June; daily highs in Albuquerque reach 93°F and lows reach 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

Carlsbad

— 4 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Bottomless Pit, Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, &more). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and take a memorable drive along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Carlsbad trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Carlsbad takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 98°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Fe

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cochiti Pueblo (Canyon Trail & Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Santa Fe takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Carlsbad in July, things will get little chillier in Santa Fe: highs are around 88°F and lows about 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Taos

— 3 nights
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 8th (Fri), get interesting insight from Turquoise Trout, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and then take in the exciting artwork at Enchanted Circle Pottery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, then appreciate the history behind Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, and finally don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Taos trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in July, expect Taos to be little chillier, temps between 83°F and 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Taos

Wildlife · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

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.