17 days in New Mexico Itinerary

17 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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17 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
1
Alamogordo
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Ramah
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Aztec
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Taos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Albuquerque
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Tampa

3
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Family-friendly places like International Space Hall of Fame and Horseback Riding Tours will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as Three Rivers Petroglyph Site and New Mexico Museum of Space History. Step out of Alamogordo to go to Las Cruces and see Old Mesilla Village, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument and learn about winemaking at McGinn's PistachioLand.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Alamogordo online travel planner .

Tampa to Alamogordo is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to Alamogordo is minus 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tampa in May: high temperatures in Alamogordo hover around 83°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ramah.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, White Sands National Monument, Old Mesilla Village, Horseback Riding Tours
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Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
Old Mesilla Village ©
Old Mesilla Village
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Ramah

Ramah ©
Ramah is a census-designated place in McKinley County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and then delve into the distant past at El Morro National Monument.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ramah route site .

Getting from Alamogordo to Ramah by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Alamogordo in May, with highs in Ramah at 72°F and lows at 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aztec.

Things to do in Ramah

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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El Morro National Monument ©
El Morro National Monument
Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary ©
Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary

1
night
Aztec

Aztec ©
Aztec is a city and county seat of San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Aztec Sandstone Arches and then explore the ancient world of Aztec Ruins National Monument.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Aztec travel site .

Traveling by car from Ramah to Aztec takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Aztec

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Horseback Riding Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church and Blumenschein Home & Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Fort Union National Monument in Watrous (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Millicent Rogers Museum, take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and take a stroll through Taos Pueblo.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Taos sightseeing tool .

Getting from Aztec to Taos by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Aztec in May, things will get little chillier in Taos: highs are around 67°F and lows about 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Fort Union National Monument, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©
Fort Union National Monument ©
Fort Union National Monument
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like El Santuario de Chimayo and El Rancho de las Golondrinas. You'll discover tucked-away gems like San Miguel Chapel and Bradbury Science Museum. When in Santa Fe, make a side trip to see Puye Cliff Dwellings in Espanola, approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Santa Fe National Cemetery, make a trip to Canyon Road, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and appreciate the history behind Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip planner .

Getting from Taos to Santa Fe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Taos in May: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 73°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Bradbury Science Museum, Puye Cliff Dwellings, El Santuario de Chimayo
Highlights from your plan
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
Puye Cliff Dwellings ©
Puye Cliff Dwellings
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque and Coronado Historic Site. Your inner history buff will appreciate San Felipe de Neri Church and Albuquerque Old Town. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albuquerque: Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument (in Mountainair) and National Radio Astronomy Observatory (in Socorro). There's more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Albuquerque Biological Park and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ABQ BioPark Zoo.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Albuquerque trip builder website .

Getting from Santa Fe to Albuquerque by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 64°F in Albuquerque. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Coronado Historic Site
Highlights from your plan

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