15 days in New Mexico & Branson Itinerary

15 days in New Mexico & Branson Itinerary

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15 days in New Mexico & Branson Itinerary

Start: Fort Walton Beach, Florida
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
4
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Branson
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h
End: Fort Walton Beach, Florida

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 2nd (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room and then surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Carlsbad, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fort Walton Beach to Carlsbad is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fort Walton Beach to Carlsbad due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Fort Walton Beach in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Carlsbad: temperatures range from 98°F by day to 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

1
night
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. On the 4th (Tue), look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path and then admire all the interesting features of White Sands National Monument.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Alamogordo tour planning tool .

Drive from Carlsbad to Alamogordo in 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

White Sands National Monument, Off the Beaten Path
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White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
Off the Beaten Path ©
Off the Beaten Path

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Tinkertown Museum, then look for gifts at Blue Portal, and then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

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Drive from Alamogordo to Albuquerque in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 93°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Tinkertown Museum
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bandelier National Monument and The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Keshi and Loretto Chapel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Chimayo (Chimayo Trading and Mercantile & El Santuario de Chimayo). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, stop by Tin - Nee - Ann, get a taste of the local shopping with Mark White Fine Art, and get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip itinerary app .

Take a bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 56°F in Santa Fe. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Chimayo, Bandelier National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): shop like a local with Enchanted Circle Pottery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo, then view the masterpieces at Taos Clay Studio, then admire the masterpieces at Blumenschein Home & Museum, and finally shop like a local with 203 Fine Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): shop like a local with Rottenstone Pottery, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then view the masterpieces at Two Graces Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Las Comadres.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Taos attractions planner .

Getting from Santa Fe to Taos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in June, expect Taos to be little chillier, temps between 83°F and 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Branson.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rottenstone Pottery
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Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©

2
nights
Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Step out of the city life by going to Moonshine Beach and Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. Get a sense of the local culture at Titanic Museum and Thorncrown Chapel. Venture out of the city with trips to Eureka Springs (Quicksilver Gallery & The Birdcage) and Cosmic Cavern (in Berryville). There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Branson Landing, stop by Crooked Sky Trading Post, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

Plan trip to Branson with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Taos to Branson in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Taos to Branson due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Taos in June, Branson is a bit warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Branson

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Eureka Springs, Cosmic Cavern
Highlights from your plan
Titanic Museum ©
Titanic Museum
Thorncrown Chapel ©
Thorncrown Chapel
Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery ©

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