23 days in New Mexico Itinerary

23 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico journey planner

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Roswell
— 1 night
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Carlsbad
— 4 nights
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 4 nights
Drive
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Grants
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jemez Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 3 nights
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Santa Fe
— 5 nights
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Roswell

— 1 night
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
On the 27th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico, then view the masterpieces at Tokay Beaded Art, and then take a memorable drive along Singing Road. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at International UFO Museum and Research Center, then explore the world behind art at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, then look and learn at Roswell Museum & Art Center, and finally do a tasting at Pecos Flavors Winery.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Roswell online road trip planner.

Boston to Roswell is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Boston to Roswell due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Boston in September: highs in Roswell hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Carlsbad

— 4 nights
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 (King's Palace, Big Room, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and admire all the interesting features of Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad travel route builder site.

Traveling by car from Roswell to Carlsbad takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Albuquerque is known for historic sites, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stop by Albuquerque Old Town, get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, and learn the secrets of beer at Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque route planner.

Drive from Carlsbad to Albuquerque in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Carlsbad in October, you will find days in Albuquerque are little chillier (73°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Grants.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums

Grants

— 2 nights
Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): stop by Chaco Canyon Trading Co, explore the striking landscape at El Morro National Monument, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Taylor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Malpais National Monument.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Grants trip planner.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Grants in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Albuquerque in October, expect little chillier with lows of 33°F in Grants. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Grants

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Jemez Springs

— 3 nights
Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Jemez Springs side-trips: Abiquiu (Ghost Ranch & Plaza Blanca), Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) and Ojito Wilderness (in San Ysidro). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Jemez Mountains, witness a stunning natural landmark at Jemez Hot Springs, cruise along Jemez Mountain Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Valles Caldera National Preserve.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Jemez Springs trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Grants to Jemez Springs takes 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Grants in October: highs in Jemez Springs hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Taos

— 3 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Go for a jaunt from Taos to Angel Fire to see Vietnam Veterans Memorial about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, view the masterpieces at 203 Fine Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, and cast your line with Taos Fly Shop.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Taos trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Jemez Springs to Taos takes 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Taos when traveling from Jemez Springs in October, with lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Santa Fe

— 5 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). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, indulge in some personalized pampering at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel Chapel, and explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

To find maps and tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Taos in October, with lows around 41°F. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Wineries

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.