15 days in New Mexico Itinerary

15 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Drive
3
San Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
4
Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Taos
— 1 night
Drive to Albuquerque International Sunport, Fly to Manchester

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Santa Fe

— 3 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 (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and make a trip to ViVO Contemporary.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe online visit planner.

Manchester, UK to Santa Fe is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Santa Fe is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Manchester in November, expect slightly colder with lows of -1°C in Santa Fe. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Albuquerque

— 3 nights

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.
Take a break from Albuquerque with a short trip to Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: stop by Albuquerque Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Albuquerque journey planning tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

San Antonio

— 1 night
San Antonio is an unincorporated community in Socorro County, New Mexico, United States, roughly in the center of the state, on the Rio Grande. On the 1st (Wed), steep yourself in history at White Sands Missile Range Trinity Site and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Antonio driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Albuquerque to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. November in San Antonio sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Alamogordo

— 2 nights
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument and then admire the majestic nature at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Osha Trail, learn about winemaking at McGinn's PistachioLand, and then do a tasting at Heart of the Desert.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Alamogordo sightseeing planner.

You can drive from San Antonio to Alamogordo in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Trails

Side Trips

Carlsbad

— 3 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, Big Room, &more).

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad trip site.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Carlsbad takes 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): make a trip to Taos Pueblo, then snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Taos trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Carlsbad to Taos by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Carlsbad in December, things will get slightly colder in Taos: highs are around 5°C and lows about -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites · Spas

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.