16 days in New Mexico Itinerary

16 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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16 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Grants
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Jemez Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Taos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Santa Rosa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Austin

2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Albuquerque Biological Park and San Felipe de Neri Church. The adventure continues: explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, take in nature's colorful creations at ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden, admire the masterpieces at Albuquerque Museum, and stop by Blue Portal.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip itinerary planner .

Austin to Albuquerque is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Austin in July; daily highs in Albuquerque reach 91°F and lows reach 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Grants.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Albuquerque Biological Park ©
Albuquerque Biological Park
La Luz Trail ©
La Luz Trail

1
night
Grants

Grants ©
Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): examine the collection at New Mexico Mining Museum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano, and then pause for some photo ops at El Malpais National Monument.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Grants trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Albuquerque to Grants in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Albuquerque in July; daily highs in Grants reach 86°F and lows reach 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Grants

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano ©
Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano
El Malpais National Monument ©
El Malpais National Monument
New Mexico Mining Museum ©
New Mexico Mining Museum

2
nights
Jemez Springs

Jemez Springs ©
Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs, then cruise along Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway, and then take in the natural beauty of Jemez Springs Bath House. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Valles Caldera National Preserve and then take in the awesome beauty at Jemez Mountains.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Jemez Springs journey app .

Traveling by car from Grants to Jemez Springs takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Grants, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Jemez Springs, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Valles Caldera National Preserve ©
Valles Caldera National Preserve
Jemez Springs Bath House ©
Jemez Springs Bath House

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and El Santuario de Chimayo. Escape the urban bustle at Pecos National Historical Park and Randall Davey Audubon Center. Step out of Santa Fe to go to Los Alamos and see Bradbury Science Museum, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, savor the flavors at Kakawa Chocolate House, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel Chapel, and appreciate the history behind Cross of the Martyrs.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jemez Springs to Santa Fe takes 2 hours. Traveling from Jemez Springs in July, you will find days in Santa Fe are somewhat warmer (88°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Pecos National Historical Park, El Santuario de Chimayo, Bradbury Science Museum
Highlights from your plan
Pecos National Historical Park ©
Pecos National Historical Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Randall Davey Audubon Center ©
Randall Davey Audubon Center

3
nights
Taos

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Enchanted Circle Drive. Step out of the city life by going to Horseback Riding Tours and Philmont Scout Ranch. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, see the interesting displays at La Hacienda del los Martinez, make a trip to The Couse-Sharp Historic Site, and look for gifts at Twirl.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Taos trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Fe in July: high temperatures in Taos hover around 83°F and lows are around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Philmont Scout Ranch, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Philmont Scout Ranch ©
Philmont Scout Ranch
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa ©
Santa Rosa is a city in and the county seat of Guadalupe County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Route 66 Auto Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Park Lake, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Blue Hole.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santa Rosa online itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Rosa takes 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Santa Rosa can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Blue Hole ©
Blue Hole
Park Lake ©
Park Lake
Route 66 Auto Museum ©
Route 66 Auto Museum

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Get in touch with nature at King's Palace and Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park. Explore hidden gems such as Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Big Room. Go for a jaunt from Carlsbad to Carlsbad Caverns National Park to see Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour about 54 minutes away. There's more to do: admire the masterpieces at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Santa Rosa to Carlsbad in 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Rosa in July; daily highs in Carlsbad reach 97°F and lows reach 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Highlights from your plan
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

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