18 days in New Mexico Itinerary

18 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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18 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  11​h
1
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Truth or Consequences
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Grants
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Farmington
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Jemez Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
8
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Toronto

2
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and then Head underground at Big Room.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad itinerary builder app .

Toronto, Canada to Carlsbad is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in October: highs in Carlsbad hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Truth or Consequences.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

1
night
Truth or Consequences

Truth or Consequences ©
Truth or Consequences is a spa city and the county seat of Sierra County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Elephant Butte Lake State Park, get engrossed in the history at Geronimo Springs Museum, and then take in the natural beauty of Riverbend Hot Springs.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Truth or Consequences trip maker .

You can drive from Carlsbad to Truth or Consequences in 4.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Grants.

Things to do in Truth or Consequences

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Elephant Butte Lake State Park
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Riverbend Hot Springs ©
Riverbend Hot Springs
Geronimo Springs Museum ©
Geronimo Springs Museum
Elephant Butte Lake State Park ©
Elephant Butte Lake State Park

2
nights
Grants

Grants ©
Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. On the 22nd (Mon), steep yourself in history at El Morro National Monument and then identify plant and animal life at El Malpais National Conservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at New Mexico Mining Museum, then Head underground at Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano, and then Head underground at El Malpais National Monument.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Grants vacation maker site .

Traveling by car from Truth or Consequences to Grants takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Truth or Consequences in October, expect Grants to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Farmington.

Things to do in Grants

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

El Morro National Monument
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El Morro National Monument ©
El Morro National Monument
El Malpais National Monument ©
El Malpais National Monument
Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano ©
Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano

2
nights
Farmington

Farmington ©
Farmington ' is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness and then tee off at Pinon Hills Golf Course. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Salmon Ruins, then delve into the distant past at Aztec Ruins National Monument, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Berg/Animas Trail.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Farmington trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Grants to Farmington in 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Farmington when traveling from Grants in October, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Farmington

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Aztec Ruins National Monument
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Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness ©
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Salmon Ruins ©
Salmon Ruins

2
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.
On the 26th (Fri), appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, explore and take pictures at The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe, then see the interesting displays at Millicent Rogers Museum, and finally soar above the sights with a balloon tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Taos Art Museum, see the interesting displays at La Hacienda del los Martinez, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Taos tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Farmington to Taos by car takes about 4 hours. In October, Taos is little chillier than Farmington - with highs of 21°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Jemez Springs

Jemez Springs ©
Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. On the 28th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs, cruise along Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Jemez Springs Bath House. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Valles Caldera National Preserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at San Pedro Parks Wilderness.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Jemez Springs attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Taos to Jemez Springs takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Taos in October, Jemez Springs is a bit warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

San Pedro Parks Wilderness
Highlights from your plan
Valles Caldera National Preserve ©
Valles Caldera National Preserve
Jemez Springs Bath House ©
Jemez Springs Bath House

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Albuquerque Biological Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Cibola National Forest, get engrossed in the history at Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, and then engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

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

Traveling by car from Jemez Springs to Albuquerque takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Jemez Springs in October: highs in Albuquerque hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Cibola National Forest ©
Cibola National Forest
San Felipe de Neri Church ©
San Felipe de Neri Church

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Pecos National Historical Park and Randall Davey Audubon Center. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at El Santuario de Chimayo and Bradbury Science Museum. Go for a jaunt from Santa Fe to Los Alamos to see Los Alamos History Museum about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, explore the world behind art at New Mexico Museum of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Chapel, and stop by Kakawa Chocolate House.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe route builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Albuquerque in October, with lows around 5°C. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Los Alamos, El Santuario de Chimayo, Pecos National Historical Park
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Pecos National Historical Park ©
Pecos National Historical Park
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture ©
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo

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