22 days in New Mexico Itinerary

22 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Albuquerque
— 3 nights
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pueblo of Acoma
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cloudcroft
— 1 night
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Carlsbad
— 4 nights
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Roswell
— 3 nights
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Albuquerque

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.
New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society and Belen Harvey House Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument and Unser Racing Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Turquoise Museum, learn about winemaking at Casa Rondena Winery, delve into the distant past at Coronado Historic Site, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife West Nature Park.

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

Boston to Albuquerque is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Boston in November, expect nights in Albuquerque to be about the same, around 36°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Santa Fe

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.
Get some historical perspective at San Miguel Chapel and El Santuario de Chimayo. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ghost Ranch and Puye Cliff Dwellings. Step out of Santa Fe with an excursion to Pecos National Historical Park in Pecos--about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Harrell House Bug Museum, contemplate the long history of El Rancho de las Golondrinas, admire the masterpieces at New Mexico Museum of Art, and view the masterpieces at Mama's Minerals.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe vacation planning app.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Albuquerque in November, with highs in Santa Fe at 54°F and lows at 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

2
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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 22nd (Fri): view the masterpieces at Tesuque Glassworks, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Jose de Gracia Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, then examine the collection at Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic House, and finally explore the galleries of Blumenschein Home & Museum. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Taos Pueblo, take in the exciting artwork at Taos Clay Studio, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Taos Mesa Brewing.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Taos journey maker.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Taos, with lows around 21°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Pueblo of Acoma.

Things to do in Taos

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping

Side Trips

2
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Pueblo of Acoma

Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): admire the architecture and history at Laguna Pueblo Mission, don't miss a visit to Acoma Pueblo Sky City, and then take an in-depth tour of Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): try your luck at Sky City Casino and then try to win big at Dancing Eagle Casino.

Plan my day in Pueblo of Acoma using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Taos to Pueblo of Acoma in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Taos in November, expect nights in Pueblo of Acoma to be about the same, around 23°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Pueblo of Acoma

Fun & Games · Casinos · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

2
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Alamogordo

Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. On the 26th (Tue), do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand, learn about all things military at Tularosa Basin Museum of History, then examine the collection at Shroud Exhibit and Museum, and finally experience rural life at Heart of the Desert. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind White Sands National Monument, then do a tasting at Tularosa Vineyards, and then delve into the distant past at Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Alamogordo vacation planner.

Getting from Pueblo of Acoma to Alamogordo by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Pueblo of Acoma in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Alamogordo: highs are around 64°F and lows about 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cloudcroft.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Wineries · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

1
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Cloudcroft

Cloudcroft is a village in Otero County, New Mexico, and is within the Lincoln National Forest. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore and take pictures at State Route 244 and then get outside with Bluff Springs.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cloudcroft trip maker tool.

Cloudcroft is just a stone's throw from Alamogordo. In November, daily temperatures in Cloudcroft can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Cloudcroft

Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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4
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Carlsbad

Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Big Room and Devil's Hall Trail. Visiting Lion's Tail and Slaughter Canyon Cave will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Giant Dome, Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, &more) and El Capitan (in Guadalupe Mountains National Park). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Eddy House.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Carlsbad day trip website.

You can drive from Cloudcroft to Carlsbad in 2.5 hours. In November in Carlsbad, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Roswell.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

3
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Roswell

Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Get some cultural insight at Roswell Museum & Art Center and Pecos Flavors Winery. Visit Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico and Downtown Historic District for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, view the masterpieces at Tokay Beaded Art, stroll through Pecos River, and get outside with Mescalero Sands North Dune OHV Area.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Roswell trip planner.

You can drive from Carlsbad to Roswell in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Carlsbad in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Roswell, with lows of 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Roswell

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

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.