22 days in New Mexico Itinerary

22 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico trip itinerary planner
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Albuquerque
— 4 nights
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Alamogordo
— 2 nights
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Grants
— 1 night
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Gallup
— 1 night
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Aztec
— 3 nights
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Taos
— 4 nights
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Santa Fe
— 6 nights
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Albuquerque — 4 nights

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.
Shop till you drop at Tinkertown Museum and Corrales Growers market. Change things up with a short trip to Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and do sightseeing at your own pace with Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals.

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New York City to Albuquerque is an approximately 6.5-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. When traveling from New York City in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Albuquerque, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Alamogordo.
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Alamogordo — 2 nights

Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. On the 16th (Mon), buy something for everyone on your list at The Burro Street Exchange and then explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Giant Alamogordo Landmark, do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand, and then explore and take pictures at Heart of the Desert.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read Alamogordo trip maker website.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Alamogordo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Albuquerque in May, expect nights in Alamogordo to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Grants.
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Grants — 1 night

Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Taylor and then stop by Chaco Canyon Trading Co.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Grants road trip planner.

Drive from Alamogordo to Grants in 4.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Alamogordo in May: high temperatures in Grants hover around 72°F and lows are around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gallup.
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Gallup — 1 night

Gallup is a city in McKinley County, New Mexico, United States, with a population of 21,678 as of the 2010 census. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): browse for treasures at Bill Malone Trading Company, see the interesting displays at Rex Museum, and then stop by Richardsons Trading Company.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Gallup trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Grants to Gallup takes an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Gallup can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Aztec.
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Aztec — 3 nights

Aztec is a city and county seat of San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Aztec side-trips: Wines of the San Juan (in Blanco), Mesa Verde National Park (Petroglyph Point Hike & Long House) and Chaco Culture National Historical Park (in Nageezi). It doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Aztec Ruins National Monument.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Aztec holiday planner.

You can drive from Gallup to Aztec in 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Aztec are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Taos.
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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.
Do your shopping at Enchanted Circle Pottery and Taos Rockers Mineral & Fossil Outlet. Change things up with these side-trips from Taos: La Chiripada Winery (in Dixon) and Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips (in Velarde). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, shop like a local with Las Comadres, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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You can drive from Aztec to Taos in 4 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Aztec in May; daily highs in Taos reach 67°F and lows reach 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Fe.
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Santa Fe — 6 nights

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Keshi and Nedra Matteucci Galleries. Step out of Santa Fe to go to Cochiti Pueblo and see Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, pick up some new knowledge with Liquid Light Glass, take in the exciting artwork at Prairie Dog Glass, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe day trip website.

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Taos in May: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 73°F and lows are around 43°F. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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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.
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