20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Santa Fe
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Santa Fe
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
2
Los Alamos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Farmington
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Gallup
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Roswell
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Carlsbad
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
El Paso
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
11
Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Socorro
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
14
Bernalillo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
15
Cochiti Pueblo
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
End: Santa Fe

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, and finally steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip builder app .

If you are flying in from Japan, the closest major airport is Albuquerque International Sunport. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Los Alamos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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Los Alamos

Los Alamos ©
Los Alamos is a town in Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States that is recognized as the birthplace of the first atomic bomb––the primary objective of the Manhattan Project by Los Alamos National Laboratory during World War II. On the 6th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Bandelier National Monument and then get great views at White Rock Overlook Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Los Alamos trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Santa Fe to Los Alamos in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in May, you will find days in Los Alamos are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Los Alamos

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
White Rock Overlook Park ©
White Rock Overlook Park

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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 7th (Thu), cruise along High Road to Taos, take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo and then make a trip to Taos Plaza.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Taos trip planner .

Getting from Los Alamos to Taos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Alamos in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Taos, with lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Farmington.

Things to do in Taos

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
High Road to Taos ©
High Road to Taos
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

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Farmington

Farmington ©
Farmington ' is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. Chaco Culture National Historical Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Farmington trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Taos to Farmington by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Taos in May; daily highs in Farmington reach 27°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Gallup.

Things to do in Farmington

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan

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Gallup

Gallup ©
Gallup is a city in McKinley County, New Mexico, United States, with a population of 21,678 as of the 2010 census. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes El Morro National Monument as well as El Malpais National Monument. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness and then explore the fascinating underground world of El Malpais National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): walk around Red Rock Park and then explore the striking landscape at El Morro National Monument.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Gallup journey planner .

Drive from Farmington to Gallup in 2 hours. Traveling from Farmington in May, Gallup is a bit cooler at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Roswell.

Things to do in Gallup

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, Red Rock Park, El Malpais National Monument, El Morro National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness ©
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness
El Morro National Monument ©
El Morro National Monument
El Malpais National Monument ©
El Malpais National Monument

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Roswell

Roswell ©
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
On the 12th (Tue), admire all the interesting features of Singing Road and then admire the majestic nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Roswell journey planning tool .

Traveling by car from Gallup to Roswell takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In May, Roswell is a bit warmer than Gallup - with highs of 34°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Roswell

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Singing Road
Highlights from your plan
Bottomless Lakes State Park ©
Bottomless Lakes State Park

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Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Street Sculptures, admire the majestic nature at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, and then get engrossed in the history at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.

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Traveling by car from Roswell to Carlsbad takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Zoos & Aquariums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Street Sculptures
Highlights from your plan
Carlsbad Museum and Art Center ©
Carlsbad Museum and Art Center

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, then surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then Head underground at Big Room. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Giant Dome, explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant, then explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail, and finally Head underground at King's Palace.

For more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 1.5 hours. In May in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park ©
The eponymous range that fills Guadalupe Mountains National Park creates a magnificent break in the barrenness of the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): hike along Devil's Hall Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Guadalupe Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Guadalupe Mountains National Park and then take in breathtaking views at McKittrick Canyon.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Guadalupe Mountains National Park trip planner .

Getting from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Guadalupe Mountains National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in May, you will find days in Guadalupe Mountains National Park are a bit cooler (31°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to El Paso.

Things to do in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Guadalupe Peak ©
Guadalupe Peak
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
McKittrick Canyon ©
McKittrick Canyon

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El Paso

El Paso ©
El Paso is a city in and the seat of El Paso County, Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): steep yourself in history at San Jacinto Plaza, immerse yourself in nature at Franklin Mountains State Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick Cathedral, and finally admire all the interesting features of Scenic Drive - Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Old Mesilla Village and then get to know the resident critters at El Paso Zoo.

Plan trip to El Paso with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Guadalupe Mountains National Park to El Paso by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Guadalupe Mountains National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer days in El Paso, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Alamogordo.

Things to do in El Paso

Parks Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Old Mesilla Village
Highlights from your plan
Franklin Mountains State Park ©
Franklin Mountains State Park
Scenic Drive - Overlook ©
Scenic Drive - Overlook
Old Mesilla Village ©
Old Mesilla Village

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Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, White Sands National Monument and Valley of Fires Recreation Area. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, make a trip to Giant Alamogordo Landmark, and then take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Alamogordo road trip website .

You can drive from El Paso to Alamogordo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from El Paso in May, Alamogordo is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Socorro.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Nature Parks

Side Trips

White Sands National Monument, Valley of Fires Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park ©
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park

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Socorro

Socorro ©
Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and then contemplate the long history of Fort Craig National Historic Site.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Socorro road trip planner.

You can drive from Alamogordo to Socorro in 2.5 hours. In May in Socorro, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Socorro

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan

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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 22nd (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, and then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and then take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Albuquerque trip planner.

Traveling by car from Socorro to Albuquerque takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bernalillo.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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Bernalillo

Bernalillo ©
Bernalillo is a town in Sandoval County, New Mexico, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Coronado Historic Site and then hike along Canyon Trail.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bernalillo trip itinerary app .

Bernalillo is just a stone's throw from Albuquerque. Traveling from Albuquerque in May, Bernalillo is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cochiti Pueblo.

Things to do in Bernalillo

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Canyon Trail
Highlights from your plan
Coronado Historic Site ©
Coronado Historic Site

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Cochiti Pueblo

Cochiti Pueblo
For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cochiti Pueblo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bernalillo to Cochiti Pueblo takes an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 24th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Cochiti Pueblo

Parks Outdoors Nature

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