22 days in New Mexico & Chattanooga Itinerary

22 days in New Mexico & Chattanooga Itinerary

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22 days in New Mexico & Chattanooga Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Taos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Socorro
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Las Cruces
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
7
Chattanooga
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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.
Go for a jaunt from Santa Fe to Cochiti Pueblo to see Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, make a trip to Meow Wolf, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Santa Fe trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Toronto, Canada to Santa Fe is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Toronto in January, expect nights in Santa Fe to be about the same, around -7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taos: Taos Ski Valley Resort (in Taos Ski Valley), Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire) and Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area (in Red River). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, take in the exciting artwork at 203 Fine Art, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Taos online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in January, things will get slightly colder in Taos: highs are around 4°C and lows about -14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Taos Ski Valley Resort
Highlights from your plan
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Albuquerque: Santo Domingo Pueblo (in Santo Domingo Pueblo) and Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Albuquerque Old Town, take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, stop by The Candy Lady, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bombs Away Beer Co..

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Albuquerque sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Taos to Albuquerque in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Taos in January; daily highs in Albuquerque reach 11°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Socorro.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bandelier National Monument, Santo Domingo Pueblo
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Socorro

Socorro ©
Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, learn more about the world around you at Mineralogical Museum, and then look and learn at NRAO Very Large Array.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Socorro trip itinerary site .

Drive from Albuquerque to Socorro in 1.5 hours. In January in Socorro, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Socorro

Museums Childrens Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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. Venture out of the city with trips to White Sands National Monument (in White Sands), Deming Luna Mimbres Museum (in Deming) and Aguirre Spring Campground (in Organ). There's still lots to do: stroll around Dripping Springs Natural Area, steep yourself in history at Old Mesilla Village, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of San Albino, and look for gifts at Heart of the Desert Pistachios & Wine.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Las Cruces online visit planner .

Getting from Socorro to Las Cruces by car takes about 2.5 hours. January in Las Cruces sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

White Sands National Monument, Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, Aguirre Spring Campground
Highlights from your plan
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum ©
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum
White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
Dripping Springs Natural Area ©
Dripping Springs Natural Area

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
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 (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Big Room, & more).

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Carlsbad trip planner.

Drive from Las Cruces to Carlsbad in 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome

4
nights
Chattanooga

Chattanooga ©
Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lookout Mountain. Venture out of the city with trips to Build an Ark Animal Rescue (in Ellijay), Fly Shop Company (in Blue Ridge) and Booth Western Art Museum (in Cartersville). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Tennessee Aquarium, stroll through Fiery Gizzard Trail, take in the views from Walnut Street Bridge, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chattanooga travel planner .

Explore your travel options from Carlsbad to Chattanooga with the Route module. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Carlsbad to Chattanooga due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Carlsbad in January: highs in Chattanooga hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Build an Ark Animal Rescue, Rock City, Fly Shop Company, University of the South, Booth Western Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
Lookout Mountain ©
Lookout Mountain
Tennessee Aquarium ©
Tennessee Aquarium
Ruby Falls ©
Ruby Falls

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