20 days in Las Vegas, San Diego & New Mexico Itinerary

20 days in Las Vegas, San Diego & New Mexico Itinerary

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20 days in Las Vegas, San Diego & New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  12​h
3
Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Taos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Milan

2
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 9th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas online visit planner .

Milan, Italy to Las Vegas is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Milan in August: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 45°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
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Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Madame Tussauds -  Las Vegas ©
Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas

4
nights
San Diego

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Jolla Shores Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. There's much more to do: stroll through San Diego Zoo, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and kick back and relax at Children's Pool.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Diego takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

2
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. On the 15th (Wed), savor the flavors at McGinn's PistachioLand.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Alamogordo trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from San Diego to Alamogordo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Alamogordo, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

White Sands National Monument
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White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
Alameda Park Zoo ©
Alameda Park Zoo

1
night
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
On the 17th (Fri), Head underground at Big Room and then get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Carlsbad Caverns National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 4 hours. August in Carlsbad Caverns National Park sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Taos.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wheeler Peak Wilderness and Frijoles Canyon. Explore Taos' surroundings by going to Fort Union National Monument (in Watrous) and Goose Lake Trail (in Red River). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Twirl, admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, and take in the dramatic natural features at Rio Grande Gorge.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Taos road trip planner .

Getting from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Taos by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in August; daily highs in Taos reach 32°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Taos County, Fort Union National Monument, Goose Lake Trail, Francesca's Clothing Boutique, Frijoles Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Wheeler Peak Wilderness ©
Wheeler Peak Wilderness
Fort Union National Monument ©
Fort Union National Monument
Rio Grande Gorge ©
Rio Grande Gorge

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bandelier National Monument and Jemez Mountains. Venture out of the city with trips to Pecos National Historical Park (in Pecos) and Jemez Springs (Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs & Valles Caldera National Preserve). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by The Shop - A Christmas Store, and explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 16°C in Santa Fe. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Jemez Springs, Pecos National Historical Park, Bandelier National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Valles Caldera National Preserve ©
Valles Caldera National Preserve
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Pecos National Historical Park ©
Pecos National Historical Park

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 25th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Tingley Beach, get engrossed in the history at New Mexico Steam Locomotive, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife West Nature Park. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ride a horse along The Stables at Tamaya and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jemez State Monument.

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You can drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Santa Fe in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

The Stables at Tamaya, Wildlife West Nature Park, Jemez Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Wildlife West Nature Park ©
Wildlife West Nature Park
Tingley Beach ©
Tingley Beach

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