19 days in New Mexico Itinerary

19 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Albuquerque
— 4 nights
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Carlsbad
— 4 nights
Drive
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Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jemez Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Taos
— 3 nights
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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
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Albuquerque

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.
Step out of Albuquerque with an excursion to Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, see the interesting displays at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Petroglyph National Monument.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Albuquerque vacation builder website.

Los Angeles to Albuquerque is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles to Albuquerque, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in October: high temperatures in Albuquerque hover around 73°F and lows are around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

4
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Explore Carlsbad's surroundings by going to Carlsbad Caverns National Park (King's Palace, Big Room, &more). There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and explore and take pictures at Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Carlsbad planning tool.

Getting from Albuquerque to Carlsbad by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Albuquerque in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Carlsbad, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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Alamogordo

Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. On the 22nd (Thu), learn about winemaking at McGinn's PistachioLand, then learn about winemaking at Tularosa Vineyards, and then explore and take pictures at State Route 244. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Giant Alamogordo Landmark, explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument, and then examine the collection at Shroud Exhibit and Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Alamogordo tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carlsbad to Alamogordo in 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Wineries · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

1
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Jemez Springs

Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Valles Caldera National Preserve, get impressive views of Jemez Mountains, and then take in the natural beauty of Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Jemez Springs tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Jemez Springs takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Alamogordo in October, plan for little chillier days in Jemez Springs, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

3
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Taos

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Take a break from Taos with a short trip to Horseback Riding Tours in Red River, about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo, and admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Taos trip builder website.

You can drive from Jemez Springs to Taos in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Jemez Springs in October, Taos is a bit cooler at night with lows of 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

4
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Santa Fe

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, do some rugged touring at Santa Fe Mountain Adventures, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, and make a trip to Meow Wolf.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe travel route planner.

Getting from Taos to Santa Fe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Taos in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Santa Fe, with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

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.