20 days in New Mexico Itinerary

20 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
2
Jemez Springs
— 1 night
3
Chama
— 2 nights
4
Taos
— 3 nights
5
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
6
Tucumcari
— 1 night
7
Alamogordo
— 2 nights
8
Carlsbad
— 3 nights

3
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.
Get outdoors at La Luz Trail and Wildlife West Nature Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tinkertown Museum and Coronado Historic Site. Change things up with these side-trips from Albuquerque: Socorro (Old San Miguel Mission, Vertu Fine Art Gallery, &more). And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, take in the awesome beauty at Sandia Mountains, look for all kinds of wild species at Cibola National Forest, and grab your bike and head to Foothills Trails.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque day trip website.

San Francisco to Albuquerque is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: highs in Albuquerque hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Socorro, Coronado Historic Site, Wildlife West Nature Park, Tinkertown Museum, Sandia Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Coronado Historic Site ©
Coronado Historic Site
Cibola National Forest ©
Cibola National Forest

1
night
Jemez Springs

Jemez Springs ©
Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take a memorable drive along Jemez Mountain Trail, then take in the natural beauty of Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs, then delve into the distant past at Jemez Historic Site, and finally hike along Jemez National Recreation Area.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Jemez Springs day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Jemez Springs takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Albuquerque in October, plan for a bit cooler 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 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Chama.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Jemez Historic Site ©
Jemez Historic Site
Jemez Mountain Trail ©
Jemez Mountain Trail

2
nights
Chama

Chama ©
Chama is a village in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, United States. You've now added Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Sat), delve into the lush surroundings at Carson National Forest and then get interesting insight from Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady Of Guadalupe Catholic Church, step into the grandiose world of Cano's Castle, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Heron Lake State Park.

Plan a Chama trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Jemez Springs to Chama takes 3 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Jemez Springs in October since evenings lows in Chama dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Chama

Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Cano's Castle, Carson National Forest, Our Lady Of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Heron Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
Carson National Forest ©
Carson National Forest
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad ©
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Our Lady Of Guadalupe Catholic Church ©
Our Lady Of Guadalupe Catholic Church

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Goose Lake Trail and Mallette Park Nature Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church and Black Mesa Winery. When in Taos, make a side trip to see Columbine Campground in Red River, approximately Red River away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, view the masterpieces at Taos Clay Studio, browse the exhibits of Blumenschein Home & Museum, and don't miss a visit to Taos Pueblo.

For photos and tourist information, read Taos trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Chama to Taos takes 2 hours. October in Taos sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 33°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Red River
Highlights from your plan
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
Blumenschein Home & Museum ©
Blumenschein Home & Museum

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.
Appreciate the collections at San Miguel Chapel and Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. Get some cultural insight at Palace of the Governors and Georgia O'Keeffe: Welcome Center. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo) and Puye Cliff Dwellings (in Espanola). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at New Mexico Museum of Art, hike along Dale Ball Trails, examine the collection at Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, and shop like a local with Nedra Matteucci Galleries.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santa Fe road trip planning app.

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Taos in October, with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tucumcari.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

El Santuario de Chimayo, Georgia O'Keeffe: Welcome Center, Puye Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
Palace of the Governors ©
Palace of the Governors

1
night
Tucumcari

Tucumcari ©
Tucumcari is a city in and the county seat of Quay County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): see the interesting displays at New Mexico Route 66 Museum, see the interesting displays at Tucumcari Railroad Museum, then stop by Tee Pee Curios, and finally make a trip to Murals of Tucumcari.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Tucumcari tour planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Tucumcari by car takes about 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Fe in October: high temperatures in Tucumcari hover around 77°F and lows are around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Tucumcari

Museums · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Tucumcari Railroad Museum ©
Tucumcari Railroad Museum
New Mexico Route 66 Museum ©
New Mexico Route 66 Museum
Tee Pee Curios ©
Tee Pee Curios

2
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path, get to know the fascinating history of New Mexico Rails-to-Trails, examine the collection at Shroud Exhibit and Museum, then don't miss a visit to Giant Alamogordo Landmark, and finally do a tasting at Heart of the Desert. On the next day, learn more about the world around you at Tularosa Basin Museum of History, see the interesting displays at Toy Train Depot, then see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History, and finally get curious at International Space Hall of Fame.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Alamogordo trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Tucumcari to Alamogordo in 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Alamogordo can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

Cloudcroft
Highlights from your plan
New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
New Mexico Museum of Space History
Heart of the Desert ©
Heart of the Desert
International Space Hall of Fame ©
International Space Hall of Fame

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Carlsbad Museum and Art Center. Get a sense of the local culture at Roswell Museum & Art Center and Pecos Flavors Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carlsbad: Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico (in Roswell) and Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour & Giant Dome).

For maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad day trip planning app.

You can drive from Alamogordo to Carlsbad in 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Carlsbad are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Roswell, Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Highlights from your plan
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Carlsbad Museum and Art Center ©
Carlsbad Museum and Art Center
Roswell Museum & Art Center ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center

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