20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Bus + Fly:  8 h
1
El Paso
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Las Cruces
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
5
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
7
Albuquerque
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Shiprock
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Newark

1
night
El Paso

El Paso ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at San Jacinto Plaza.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the El Paso trip builder tool.

Newark to El Paso is an approximately 8- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to El Paso due to the time zone difference. In May, El Paso is a bit warmer than Newark - with highs of 87°F and lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Things to do in El Paso

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

War Eagles Air Museum
Highlights from your plan
Franklin Mountains State Park ©
Franklin Mountains State Park
Scenic Drive - Overlook ©
Scenic Drive - Overlook
War Eagles Air Museum ©
War Eagles Air Museum

2
nights
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 3rd (Sun): Head underground at Slaughter Canyon Cave, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Devil's Hall Trail, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Guadalupe Peak. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Guadalupe Mountains National Park and then trek along Permian Reef Geology Trail.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Guadalupe Mountains National Park road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from El Paso to Guadalupe Mountains National Park takes 2 hours. Traveling from El Paso in May, you will find days in Guadalupe Mountains National Park are a bit cooler (80°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Slaughter Canyon Cave, Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Slaughter Canyon Cave ©
Slaughter Canyon Cave
Guadalupe Peak ©
Guadalupe Peak
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park

2
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. On the 5th (Tue), learn about all things military at White Sands Missle Range Museum, then make a trip to Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, and then learn about winemaking at McGinn's PistachioLand. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at New Mexico Museum of Space History, stroll through White Sands National Monument, and then learn about winemaking at Heart of the Desert.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Alamogordo trip planner.

Getting from Guadalupe Mountains National Park to Alamogordo by car takes about 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Alamogordo can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Museums Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, White Sands National Monument
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New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
New Mexico Museum of Space History
White Sands Missle Range Museum
White Sands Missle Range Museum
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

2
nights
Las Cruces

Las Cruces ©
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. On the 7th (Thu), stroll around Dripping Springs Natural Area, then get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, then steep yourself in history at Old Mesilla Village, and finally admire the local landmark of Plaza de Las Cruces. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, see the interesting displays at The Zuhl Museum, and then make a trip to Recycled Roadrunner Sculpture.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Las Cruces trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Las Cruces takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Las Cruces can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Taos.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum ©
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum
Dripping Springs Natural Area ©
Dripping Springs Natural Area
The Zuhl Museum ©
The Zuhl Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stop by Enchanted Circle Pottery, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and finally delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then shop like a local with 203 Fine Art, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, and finally make a trip to Taos County Courthouse Murals.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Taos route planning app.

Getting from Las Cruces to Taos by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. In May, Taos is little chillier than Las Cruces - with highs of 67°F and lows of 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

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.
Explore Santa Fe's surroundings by going to Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe holiday builder app.

Drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, Santa Fe is a bit warmer than Taos - with highs of 73°F and lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Cochiti Pueblo
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi ©
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument ©
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

4
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.
When in Albuquerque, make a side trip to see Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos, approximately Los Alamos away. The adventure continues: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, see the interesting displays at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and make a trip to New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Albuquerque tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from Santa Fe in May, with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Shiprock.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Bandelier National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town

3
nights
Shiprock

Shiprock ©
Shiprock is a census-designated place in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States, on the Navajo reservation. On the 18th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Four Corners Monument, then delve into the distant past at Long House, and then explore the striking landscape at Shiprock Rock Formation. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mesa Verde National Park and then trek along Petroglyph Point Hike.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Shiprock trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Albuquerque to Shiprock in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Albuquerque in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Shiprock, with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shiprock

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Four Corners Monument
Highlights from your plan
Shiprock Rock Formation ©
Shiprock Rock Formation
Long House ©
Long House
Four Corners Monument ©
Four Corners Monument

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