25 days in New Mexico Itinerary

25 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico planner

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Albuquerque
— 4 nights
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Santa Fe
— 5 nights
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Taos
— 5 nights
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Tucumcari
— 2 nights
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Ruidoso
— 3 nights
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Carlsbad
— 4 nights
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Roswell
— 1 night
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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.
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: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, hike along La Luz Trail, appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, 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 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. 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 · 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Plaza Blanca (in Abiquiu) and Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, stop by Santa Fe Indian Market, pedal to the sights with Santa Fe Mountain Adventures, and head outdoors with Santa Fe Balloon Company.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe online vacation builder.

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

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Taos

— 5 nights
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 · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Tucumcari

— 2 nights
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 3.5 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 · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Ruidoso

— 3 nights
Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Explore Ruidoso's surroundings by going to St. Joseph Apache Mission Church (in Mescalero), Alamogordo (McGinn's PistachioLand & Giant Alamogordo Landmark) and Lincoln State Monument (in Lincoln). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument, shop like a local with Kenneth Wyatt Galleries, 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 · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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 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 · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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 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 fly back home.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums

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.