21 days in New Mexico Itinerary

21 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Albuquerque
— 4 nights
Drive
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Deming
— 1 night
Drive
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Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carlsbad
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 4 nights
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Albuquerque

— 4 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.
Take a break from Albuquerque with a short trip to Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, steep yourself in history at Petroglyph National Monument, learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque online trip builder.

Trier, Germany to Albuquerque is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Trier to Albuquerque is minus 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Trier in April: highs in Albuquerque hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Deming.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Deming

— 1 night
Deming is a city in Luna County, New Mexico, United States, located 60 miles (97 km) west of Las Cruces and thirty-three miles north of the Mexican border. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, do a tasting at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room, and then take in the dramatic natural features at City of Rocks State Park.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Deming trip builder app.

Getting from Albuquerque to Deming by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Albuquerque in April: highs in Deming hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Deming

Museums · Wineries · Nature · Parks

Alamogordo

— 2 nights
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): learn about winemaking at McGinn's PistachioLand, then explore the striking landscape of White Sands National Monument, and then learn about winemaking at Heart of the Desert. On your second day here, relax in the rural setting at Nichols Ranch and Orchards, head outdoors with Trestle Recreation Area, and then examine the collection at New Mexico Museum of Space History.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Alamogordo travel planner.

Getting from Deming to Alamogordo by car takes about 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Alamogordo are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Wineries · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Carlsbad

— 4 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carlsbad: Roswell (International UFO Museum and Research Center & Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art), Carlsbad Caverns National Park (King's Palace, Big Room, &more) and Street Sculptures (in Artesia). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Carlsbad online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Carlsbad takes 3 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · 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: Cochiti Pueblo (Canyon Trail & Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, indulge in some personalized pampering at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, go for a walk through Keshi, and don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf Santa Fe.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip planning site.

You can drive from Carlsbad to Santa Fe in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Carlsbad in May, things will get little chillier in Santa Fe: highs are around 26°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Taos

— 4 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Change things up with a short trip to Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire (about 38 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, look for gifts at Enchanted Circle Pottery, see the interesting displays at La Hacienda del los Martinez, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Taos using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in May, expect Taos to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Taos

Museums · Historic Sites · 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.