16 days in New Mexico Itinerary

16 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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16 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Taos
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + taxi:  6​h
3
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Roswell
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 45​min
5
Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Calgary

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 find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos), Maggie’s Diner From Wild Hogs Movie Set (in Madrid) and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, cruise along The Plaza, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe online travel route planner .

Calgary, Canada to Santa Fe is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Calgary in September: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 31°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Bandelier National Monument, Maggie’s Diner From Wild Hogs Movie Set, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
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.
On the 6th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, and finally take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Taos online trip planner .

Drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Taos, with lows around 7°C. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum

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.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is known for nature and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Big Room, explore the striking landscape at Giant Dome, and surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Taos to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Taos in September, expect Carlsbad Caverns National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Roswell.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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

1
night
Roswell

Roswell ©
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
On the 11th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park and then examine the collection at International UFO Museum and Research Center.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Roswell road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Roswell takes 2.5 hours. In September in Roswell, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Roswell

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bottomless Lakes State Park ©
Bottomless Lakes State Park

2
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): meet the residents at Alameda Park Zoo and then explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Alamogordo travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Roswell to Alamogordo in 3 hours. In September in Alamogordo, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

White Sands National Monument
Highlights from your plan
White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
Alameda Park Zoo ©
Alameda Park Zoo

3
nights
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.
Albuquerque is known for historic sites, museums, zoos & aquariums, childrens museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and examine the collection at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque trip builder .

Getting from Alamogordo to Albuquerque by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Albuquerque can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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