15 days in New Mexico Itinerary

15 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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15 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  7​h
1
Albuquerque
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Las Cruces
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
White Sands
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Los Alamos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Farmington
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Santa Fe
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Columbus

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Breaking Bad RV Tours, ABQ Trolley Co. and History and Ghost Tours of Old Town. Step out of Albuquerque to go to Pueblo of Acoma and see Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Tinkertown Museum, learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and steep yourself in history at Petroglyph National Monument.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip itinerary website .

Columbus to Albuquerque is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for Las Cruces.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Tinkertown Museum, Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum
Highlights from your plan
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
ABQ Trolley Co. ©
ABQ Trolley Co.

1
night
Las Cruces

Las Cruces
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Old Mesilla Village.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Las Cruces tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Las Cruces in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. September in Las Cruces sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 61°F at night. You will leave for White Sands on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Las Cruces

Historic Sites

1
night
White Sands

White Sands
White Sands is a census-designated place (CDP) in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes White Sands National Monument. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our White Sands day trip planner.

Getting from Las Cruces to White Sands by car takes about an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Los Alamos.

Things to do in White Sands

Nature Parks

1
night
Los Alamos

Los Alamos ©
Los Alamos is a town in Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States that is recognized as the birthplace of the first atomic bomb––the primary objective of the Manhattan Project by Los Alamos National Laboratory during World War II. You've now added Plaza Blanca to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take some stellar pictures from White Rock Overlook Park, appreciate the history behind Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie Statues, and then take in breathtaking views at Bandelier National Monument. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Bradbury Science Museum, take an in-depth tour of Los Alamos History Museum, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Plaza Blanca.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Los Alamos trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from White Sands to Los Alamos in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. September in Los Alamos sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Farmington.

Things to do in Los Alamos

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Plaza Blanca
Highlights from your plan
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Plaza Blanca ©
Plaza Blanca
Bradbury Science Museum ©
Bradbury Science Museum

1
night
Farmington

Farmington ©
Farmington ' is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): hike along Berg/Animas Trail and then explore the ancient world of Salmon Ruins.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Farmington vacation builder tool .

Drive from Los Alamos to Farmington in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Los Alamos in September, you will find days in Farmington are somewhat warmer (82°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Farmington

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Salmon Ruins ©
Salmon Ruins

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Santa Fe Botanical Garden as well as Palace of the Governors. Go for a jaunt from Santa Fe to Nageezi to see Chaco Culture National Historical Park about 3 hours away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf, admire the natural beauty at Wiford Gallory and Sculpture Garden, and admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe sightseeing tool .

Traveling by car from Farmington to Santa Fe takes 3.5 hours. In September in Santa Fe, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
Meow Wolf ©
Meow Wolf

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