15 days in New Mexico Itinerary

15 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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15 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  8​h
1
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Albuquerque
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Roswell
— Few hours
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

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.
You'll explore and learn at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and New Mexico History Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Plaza and The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Change things up with a short trip to Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos (about 52 minutes away). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip builder app .

Fort Lauderdale to Santa Fe is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Fe is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in June, plan for colder nights in Santa Fe, with lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Nature Museums

Side Trip

Bandelier National Monument
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Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
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 5th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo, then see the interesting displays at Millicent Rogers Museum, and then snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Enchanted Circle Pottery, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and then identify plant and animal life at Philmont Scout Ranch.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Taos road trip planning tool .

Getting from Santa Fe to Taos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Santa Fe in June, with highs in Taos at 84°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Philmont Scout Ranch, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Philmont Scout Ranch ©
Philmont Scout Ranch

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Albuquerque Old Town and The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Attractions like Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque and Hinkle Family Fun Center make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and get a taste of the local shopping with ABQ Uptown.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Albuquerque trip builder .

You can drive from Taos to Albuquerque in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Taos in June, expect Albuquerque to be a bit warmer, temps between 93°F and 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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1
night
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at White Sands National Monument.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Alamogordo travel planner.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Alamogordo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 95°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Nature Parks

Side Trip

White Sands National Monument
Highlights from your plan
White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument

3
nights
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Get in touch with nature at Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The adventure continues: Head underground at Big Room and take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 4 hours. In June in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, expect temperatures between 98°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Roswell.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

few
hours
Roswell

Roswell ©
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Roswell trip planner.

You can drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Roswell in 2.5 hours. June in Roswell sees daily highs of 97°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums
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