16 days in New Mexico Itinerary

16 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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16 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
1
Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Carlsbad
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Taos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Santa Fe
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Houston

1
night
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. On the 11th (Wed), look for gifts at White Sands Trading Company Gift Shop and then explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Alameda Park Zoo, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Apache Mission Church, then experience rural life at McGinn's PistachioLand, and finally do a tasting at Heart of the Desert.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Alamogordo attractions planner .

Houston to Alamogordo is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Alamogordo when traveling from Houston in July, with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

St. Joseph Apache Mission Church, White Sands National Monument
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White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
St. Joseph Apache Mission Church ©
St. Joseph Apache Mission Church
Alameda Park Zoo ©
Alameda Park Zoo

4
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Big Room and King's Palace. Venture out of the city with trips to Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Carlsbad trip planner.

Getting from Alamogordo to Carlsbad by car takes about 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 97°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

1
night
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 17th (Tue), make a trip to Taos County Courthouse Murals, make a trip to Taos Plaza, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, then take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and finally delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Taos Drums, take a memorable drive along High Road to Taos, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Taos day trip planning website .

You can drive from Carlsbad to Taos in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Carlsbad in July, things will get little chillier in Taos: highs are around 83°F and lows about 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours
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High Road to Taos ©
High Road to Taos
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©

5
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.
Bandelier National Monument and The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and ten thousand waves. Take a break from Santa Fe with a short trip to Jemez Mountains in Jemez Springs, about 52 minutes away. Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Hyde Memorial State Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and stop by Sun Country Traders.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe online vacation planner .

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Taos in July, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bandelier National Monument, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Jemez Mountains
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument

3
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.
Visiting Balloon Rides and ABQ BioPark Zoo will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Albuquerque Old Town and San Felipe de Neri Church. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, explore the ancient world of Coronado Historic Site, admire the striking features of Spaceship House, and get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Albuquerque trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in July, Albuquerque is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Coronado Historic Site
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Balloon Rides
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument

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