17 days in New Mexico Itinerary

17 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Las Cruces
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 4 nights
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Las Cruces

— 3 nights
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Deming Luna Mimbres Museum (in Deming) and McGinn's PistachioLand (in Alamogordo). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at White Sands National Monument, examine the collection at The Zuhl Museum, get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, and steep yourself in history at Old Mesilla Village.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Las Cruces trip planner.

Durham to Las Cruces is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Las Cruces is minus 2 hours. January in Las Cruces sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Carlsbad

— 3 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Carlsbad side-trips: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Lion's Tail, Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, &more).

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Carlsbad using our trip planner.

Getting from Las Cruces to Carlsbad by car takes about 3.5 hours. January in Carlsbad sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 28°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Taos

— 2 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial and then fly down the slopes at Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Taos online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Taos takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January, Taos is a bit cooler than Carlsbad - with highs of 39°F and lows of 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites · Museums · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 4 nights

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.
Santa Fe is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, view the masterpieces at Keshi, get advice or help at New Mexico History Museum, and see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Taos to Santa Fe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Taos in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°F in Santa Fe. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Spas

Albuquerque

— 4 nights

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.
Albuquerque is known for historic sites, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, and explore the galleries of New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from Santa Fe in January, with lows around 26°F. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Tours

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.