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:  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.
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: 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). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, relax and rejuvenate at ten thousand waves, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at New Mexico Legislature.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Santa Fe online 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. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Calgary in September; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 31°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Bandelier National Monument, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Maggie’s Diner From Wild Hogs Movie Set
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), wander the streets of Taos Pueblo, then explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, then appreciate the history behind Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, and finally snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Taos route maker app .

Getting from Santa Fe to Taos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Taos when traveling from Santa Fe in September, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for 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 Lion's Tail, and get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

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) to allow time to drive to Roswell.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
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.
Start off your visit 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 find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Roswell road trip planner.

Getting from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Roswell by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive 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 see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Alamogordo trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Roswell to Alamogordo by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

White Sands National Monument
Highlights from your plan
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: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, meet the residents at ABQ BioPark Zoo, stop by The Candy Lady, and engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Albuquerque online route planner .

You can drive from Alamogordo to Albuquerque in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. September in Albuquerque sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

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

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