20 days in San Diego & New Mexico Itinerary

20 days in San Diego & New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route maker

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San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly
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Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carlsbad
— 4 nights
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San Diego

— 5 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego, and take in nature's colorful creations at Balboa Park.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary maker website.

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Diego is minus 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from London in June, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to fly to Albuquerque.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Albuquerque

— 3 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals, let the kids burn off some steam at A Park Above, engage your brain at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Corrales Bosque.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Albuquerque road trip app.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Albuquerque takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Albuquerque due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in June, expect nights in Albuquerque to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 4 nights

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: Plaza Blanca (in Abiquiu), Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail) and Jemez Mountains (in Jemez Springs). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, admire the natural beauty at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Santa Fe, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Taos

— 2 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, identify plant and animal life at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, and then don't miss a visit to David Anthony Fine Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Enchanted Circle Pottery, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and then cast your line with Turquoise Trout.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Taos tour planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Taos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, Taos is little chillier than Santa Fe - with highs of 33°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Taos

Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Carlsbad

— 4 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Carlsbad: 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.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad planner.

You can drive from Taos to Carlsbad in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Taos, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Carlsbad, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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.