16 days in New Mexico Itinerary

16 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Fly to Midland International Airport, Drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Truth or Consequences
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and then explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Big Room, then take a memorable tour with Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of King's Palace.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park holiday maker website.

Kelowna, Canada to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kelowna to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. In September, daytime highs in Carlsbad Caverns National Park are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Truth or Consequences.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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Truth or Consequences

Truth or Consequences is a spa city and the county seat of Sierra County, New Mexico, United States. On the 30th (Sat), take in the natural beauty of Riverbend Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Chloride, take an in-depth tour of Geronimo Springs Museum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Elephant Butte Lake State Park.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Truth or Consequences trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Truth or Consequences in 5.5 hours. In September in Truth or Consequences, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Truth or Consequences

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Appreciate the collections at Millicent Rogers Museum and Taos Art Museum. Get some historical perspective at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church and Kit Carson Home & Museum. Go for a jaunt from Taos to Angel Fire to see Vietnam Veterans Memorial about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Enchanted Circle Drive, admire the masterpieces at Blumenschein Home & Museum, admire all the interesting features of The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Taos trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Truth or Consequences to Taos takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Truth or Consequences in October, expect Taos to be a bit cooler, temps between 21°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.
San Miguel Chapel and New Mexico Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like El Santuario de Chimayo and Canyon Road. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Pecos National Historical Park (in Pecos), Bradbury Science Museum (in Los Alamos) and Puye Cliff Dwellings (in Espanola). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, make a trip to Santa Fe Plaza, and contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in October, Santa Fe is a bit warmer at night with lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

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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.
On the 10th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, then explore the world behind art at Albuquerque Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and finally get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Coronado Historic Site, get engrossed in the history at Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Albuquerque trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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.