25 days in New Mexico Itinerary

25 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Albuquerque
— 4 nights
2
Santa Fe
— 5 nights
3
Taos
— 5 nights
4
Tucumcari
— 2 nights
5
Ruidoso
— 3 nights
6
Carlsbad
— 4 nights
7
Roswell
— 1 night

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Albuquerque to Los Alamos to see Bandelier National Monument about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, hike along La Luz Trail, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and examine the collection at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip planner.

Washington DC to Albuquerque is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Washington DC to Albuquerque, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 64°F in Albuquerque. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Bandelier National Monument
Highlights from your plan
New Mexico Jeep Tours ©
New Mexico Jeep Tours
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Balloon Rides

5
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Plaza Blanca (in Abiquiu) and Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, make a trip to Meow Wolf, take a memorable tour with Santa Fe Mountain Adventures, and soar above the sights with Santa Fe Balloon Company.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Santa Fe trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Albuquerque in September since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cochiti Pueblo, Plaza Blanca
Highlights from your plan
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taos: New Mexico River Adventures (in Embudo), Hunziger Bowl (in Taos Ski Valley) and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, examine the collection at Millicent Rogers Museum, explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, and stroll through Goose Lake Trail.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Taos online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Taos when traveling from Santa Fe in September, with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tucumcari.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Red River, New Mexico River Adventures, Hunziger Bowl, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Wheeler Peak Wilderness
Highlights from your plan
New Mexico River Adventures ©
New Mexico River Adventures
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery

2
nights
Tucumcari

Tucumcari ©
Tucumcari is a city in and the county seat of Quay County, New Mexico, United States. On the 14th (Mon), examine the collection at Route 66 Auto Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Blue Hole, and then don't miss a visit to Murals of Tucumcari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): stop by Contemporary Designs, learn more about the world around you at Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory, and then take an in-depth tour of Tucumcari Historical Museum.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tucumcari trip tool.

Drive from Taos to Tucumcari in 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Taos in September; daily highs in Tucumcari reach 87°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Ruidoso.

Things to do in Tucumcari

Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Santa Rosa
Highlights from your plan
Tucumcari Historical Museum ©
Tucumcari Historical Museum
Route 66 Auto Museum ©
Route 66 Auto Museum

3
nights
Ruidoso

Ruidoso ©
Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Explore Ruidoso's surroundings by going to Lincoln State Monument (in Lincoln), Alamogordo (McGinn's PistachioLand & Giant Alamogordo Landmark) and St. Joseph Apache Mission Church (in Mescalero). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument, shop like a local with Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery, appreciate the history behind Free Spirits at Noisy Water, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ruidoso trip app.

Drive from Tucumcari to Ruidoso in 3.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tucumcari in September: high temperatures in Ruidoso hover around 73°F and lows are around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Shopping · Museums · Casinos

Side Trips

Alamogordo, Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery, Lincoln State Monument, St. Joseph Apache Mission Church, White Sands National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery ©
Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery
Ruidoso Downs Race Track ©
Ruidoso Downs Race Track
Kenneth Wyatt Galleries ©
Kenneth Wyatt Galleries

4
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 (King's Palace, Big Room, &more). There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and take a memorable drive along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Carlsbad travel planner.

You can drive from Ruidoso to Carlsbad in 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ruidoso in September; daily highs in Carlsbad reach 86°F and lows reach 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Roswell.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Green Lake ©
Green Lake

1
night
Roswell

Roswell ©
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
On the 23rd (Wed), see the interesting displays at International UFO Museum and Research Center.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Roswell tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Roswell takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Roswell can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums
Highlights from your plan
International UFO Museum and Research Center ©

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