14 days in New Mexico Itinerary

14 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico trip planner

Make it your trip
Drive to Knoxville, Fly to Roswell
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Roswell
Drive
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Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ruidoso
— 1 day
Drive
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Silver City
— 1 day
Fly
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 6 nights
Shuttle to Santa Fe, Fly to Asheville

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Roswell

Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
On the 1st (Thu), see the interesting displays at International UFO Museum and Research Center, then stop by Alien Zone Area 51, and then shop like a local with Tokay Beaded Art.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Roswell trip planner.

Asheville to Roswell is an approximately 10-hour combination of car and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Asheville in September, you will find days in Roswell are somewhat warmer (87°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums · Shopping

Carlsbad

— 2 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Giant Dome.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Carlsbad route planning site.

Traveling by car from Roswell to Carlsbad takes 1.5 hours. September in Carlsbad sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Ruidoso.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Ruidoso

— 1 day
Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fort Stanton Historical Site, then learn about all things military at Fort Stanton Museum, then view the masterpieces at Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Kenneth Wyatt Galleries.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ruidoso itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Ruidoso takes 3 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Carlsbad in September, with highs in Ruidoso at 73°F and lows at 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Silver City.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Silver City

— 1 day
Silver City is a town in Grant County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, explore the galleries of Silver City Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Western New Mexico University Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Gila Wilderness Area.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Silver City trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ruidoso to Silver City takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Ruidoso in September, you will find days in Silver City are somewhat warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Silver City

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bandelier National Monument, then get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Tinkertown Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Ojito Wilderness. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Albuquerque Old Town and then get engrossed in the history at Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Albuquerque day trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Silver City to Albuquerque. In September, daytime highs in Albuquerque are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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 7th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Keshi, then take in the exciting artwork at Mama's Minerals, then wander the streets of Canyon Road, and finally make a trip to Lacuna Galleries. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, then view the masterpieces at Canyon Road Contemporary Art, then examine the collection at The Harrell House Bug Museum, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Traveler's Market.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in September, expect little chillier with lows of 52°F in Santa Fe. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Taos

— 6 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, Kit Carson Park, Blumenschein Home & Museum, and other attractions. Head to Enchanted Circle Pottery and 203 Fine Artfor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum and make a trip to Taos Plaza.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Taos day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, plan for little chillier nights in Taos, with lows around 44°F. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Taos

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature

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.