15 days in New Mexico Itinerary

15 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Fly to Midland International Airport, Drive to Carlsbad
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Carlsbad
— 2 nights
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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jemez Springs
— 1 night
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Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly

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Carlsbad

Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Visiting Big Room and Carlsbad Caverns National Park will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to King's Palace and Boat Tours & Water Sports. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Giant Dome, Lion's Tail, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Carlsbad tour itinerary maker tool.

Dallas to Carlsbad is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Carlsbad when traveling from Dallas in October, with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Santa Fe

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ghost Ranch and Wine Tours & Tastings. Discover out-of-the-way places like San Miguel Chapel and Puye Cliff Dwellings. Venture out of the city with trips to Bradbury Science Museum (in Los Alamos), Pecos National Historical Park (in Pecos) and El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument, see the interesting displays at The Harrell House Bug Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip planner.

Drive from Carlsbad to Santa Fe in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Carlsbad in October, things will get slightly colder in Santa Fe: highs are around 69°F and lows about 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

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Taos

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Visit Fort Union National Monument and Taos Pueblo for their historical value. Get outdoors at Wild Rivers Recreation Area and The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taos: Red River (Horseback Riding Tours & Goose Lake Trail). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Millicent Rogers Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, explore the world behind art at Taos Art Museum, and snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Taos trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, plan for little chillier nights in Taos, with lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Taos

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Jemez Springs

Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): contemplate the geological forces at Jemez Mountains, look for all kinds of wild species at Valles Caldera National Preserve, and then take in the natural beauty of Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Jemez Springs visit planner.

You can drive from Taos to Jemez Springs in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Taos in October, Jemez Springs is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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Albuquerque

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like San Felipe de Neri Church and Coronado Historic Site. Step out of the city life by going to New Mexico Jeep Tours and Balloon Rides. Go for a jaunt from Albuquerque to Pueblo of Acoma to see Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, and get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Jemez Springs to Albuquerque takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from Jemez Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Albuquerque, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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.