14 days in New Mexico Itinerary

14 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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14 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: La Fortuna de San Carlos
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  18​h 45​min
1
Socorro
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Deming
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h
End: La Fortuna de San Carlos

1
night
Socorro

Socorro ©
Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and then tee off at New Mexico Tech Golf Course. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at El Camino Real International Heritage Center and then see the sky in a new way at National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Socorro trip builder .

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica to Socorro is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Socorro

Museums Golf Outdoors

Side Trip

Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
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2
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. On the 28th (Fri), do a tasting at Heart of the Desert, then relax in the rural setting at McGinn's PistachioLand, then see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History, and finally get curious at International Space Hall of Fame.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Alamogordo vacation builder site .

You can drive from Socorro to Alamogordo in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Socorro in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Alamogordo, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Deming.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Museums Wineries Childrens Museums
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New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
International Space Hall of Fame ©
International Space Hall of Fame

1
night
Deming

Deming ©
Deming is a city in Luna County, New Mexico, United States, located 60 miles (97 km) west of Las Cruces and thirty-three miles north of the Mexican border. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, learn about winemaking at Luna Rossa Winery, and then learn about winemaking at St. Clair Winery & Vineyard.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Deming trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Alamogordo to Deming in 2.5 hours. In December in Deming, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Deming

Wineries Museums
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Deming Luna Mimbres Museum ©
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum
St. Clair Winery & Vineyard ©
St. Clair Winery & Vineyard
Luna Rossa Winery ©
Luna Rossa Winery

2
nights
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.
On the 30th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, fly down the slopes at Taos Ski Valley, and then view the masterpieces at Rottenstone Pottery.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Taos trip site .

You can drive from Deming to Taos in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Deming in December: high temperatures in Taos hover around 3°C and lows are around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Rottenstone Pottery, La Chiripada Winery, Taos Ski Valley Resort
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Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
La Hacienda del los Martinez ©
La Hacienda del los Martinez

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nedra Matteucci Galleries and Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bradbury Science Museum and Puye Cliff Dwellings. Go for a jaunt from Santa Fe to Chimayo to see El Santuario de Chimayo about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel Chapel, explore the world behind art at New Mexico Museum of Art, hit the slopes at Ski Santa Fe, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santa Fe road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Taos in January, with lows around -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

El Santuario de Chimayo, Puye Cliff Dwellings, Bradbury Science Museum
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El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture ©
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

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night
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.
On the 6th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, then learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and finally have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Albuquerque travel planner.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Albuquerque, with lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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