21 days in New Mexico Itinerary

21 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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21 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Las Cruces
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Alamogordo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carlsbad
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Taos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

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.
Step out of Albuquerque with an excursion to Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town, examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, and have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Albuquerque trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Albuquerque is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Albuquerque is 1 hour. Traveling from Vancouver in October, expect nights in Albuquerque to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

3
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Las Cruces: Deming Luna Mimbres Museum (in Deming), Riverbend Hot Springs (in Truth or Consequences) and Hatch Chile Express (in Hatch). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Old Mesilla Village, get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, examine the collection at The Zuhl Museum, and stroll around Dripping Springs Natural Area.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Las Cruces trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Las Cruces takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. In October in Las Cruces, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, Aguirre Spring Campground, Hatch Chile Express, Riverbend Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum ©
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum
Old Mesilla Village ©
Old Mesilla Village
Riverbend Hot Springs ©
Riverbend Hot Springs

3
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Explore Alamogordo's surroundings by going to White Sands National Monument (in White Sands), Monjeau Lookout (in Lincoln) and Cloudcroft (Bluff Springs, State Route 244, & more). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at McGinn's PistachioLand, pause for some photo ops at Free Spirits at Noisy Water, and get to know the fascinating history of New Mexico Rails-to-Trails.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Alamogordo driving holiday planner.

Getting from Las Cruces to Alamogordo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Cloudcroft, White Sands National Monument, Monjeau Lookout, Free Spirits at Noisy Water
Highlights from your plan
Bluff Springs ©
Bluff Springs
White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
Monjeau Lookout ©
Monjeau Lookout

4
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carlsbad: Street Sculptures (in Artesia), Roswell (Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art & International UFO Museum and Research Center) and Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Bottomless Pit, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, & more).

Take the guesswork out of planning a Carlsbad vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Alamogordo to Carlsbad in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Roswell, Street Sculptures
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

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.
Step out of Taos to go to Angel Fire and see Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals, identify plant and animal life at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Taos journey planner .

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Taos takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Carlsbad in October, with highs in Taos at 21°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums

Side Trip

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

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.
Explore Santa Fe's surroundings by going to Jemez Mountains (in Jemez Springs), Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail) and Plaza Blanca (in Abiquiu). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, make a trip to Santa Fe Plaza, examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, and admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe day trip website .

Getting from Taos to Santa Fe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Taos in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Santa Fe, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cochiti Pueblo, Jemez Mountains, Plaza Blanca
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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