25 days in New Mexico Itinerary

25 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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25 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  20​h 30​min
1
Ruidoso
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Carlsbad
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Taos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Santa Fe
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Albuquerque
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Ruidoso

Ruidoso ©
Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Explore hidden gems such as Spas and Links At Sierra Blanca. Change things up with these side-trips from Ruidoso: Tularosa Vineyards (in Tularosa), St. Joseph Apache Mission Church (in Mescalero) and McGinn's PistachioLand (in Alamogordo). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Kenneth Wyatt Galleries, examine the collection at Museum of the Horse, hike along Grindstone Lake Trail, and take an in-depth tour of Old West Studio.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ruidoso journey maker website .

San Francisco to Ruidoso is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Ruidoso. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in October; daily highs in Ruidoso reach 67°F and lows reach 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Outdoors Golf Museums

Side Trips

Tularosa Vineyards, St. Joseph Apache Mission Church, McGinn's PistachioLand
Highlights from your plan
Links At Sierra Blanca ©
Links At Sierra Blanca
Tularosa Vineyards ©
Tularosa Vineyards
St. Joseph Apache Mission Church ©
St. Joseph Apache Mission Church

4
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Pecos Flavors Winery and Downtown Historic District. Change things up with these side-trips from Carlsbad: Zia Park Casino (in Hobbs), Tokay Beaded Art (in Roswell) and Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Hall of The White Giant, Lion's Tail, & more).

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ruidoso to Carlsbad takes 3 hours. Traveling from Ruidoso in October, you will find days in Carlsbad are somewhat warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Roswell, Zia Park Casino
Highlights from your plan
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

4
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Vivac Winery and San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taos: La Chiripada Winery (in Dixon) and Black Mesa Winery (in Velarde). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Taos Mesa Brewing, and delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Taos road trip site .

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Taos takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Carlsbad in October, with highs in Taos at 65°F and lows at 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dixon, Black Mesa Winery
Highlights from your plan
La Chiripada Winery ©
La Chiripada Winery
Vivac Winery ©
Vivac Winery
Black Mesa Winery ©
Black Mesa Winery

6
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 hidden gems such as Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens and Estrella Del Norte Vineyard & Tasting Room. Venture out of the city with trips to Bradbury Science Museum (in Los Alamos), Abiquiu (Ghost Ranch & Plaza Blanca) and Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Canyon Road, take in nature's colorful creations at Santa Fe Botanical Garden, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, and examine the collection at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture.

For ratings and other tourist information, read Santa Fe trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Taos in October since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Abiquiu, Cochiti Pueblo, Bradbury Science Museum
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens ©
Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Spas and Casa Rondena Winery. Explore Albuquerque's surroundings by going to El Malpais National Monument (in Grants), Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club (in Sandia Park) and Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, admire the landmark architecture of Spaceship House, and learn about winemaking at Gruet Winery.

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Getting from Santa Fe to Albuquerque by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, Albuquerque is a bit warmer at night with lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Paako Ridge Golf Club, Bandelier National Monument, El Malpais National Monument
Highlights from your plan
El Malpais National Monument ©
El Malpais National Monument
Casa Rondena Winery ©
Casa Rondena Winery
Gruet Winery ©
Gruet Winery

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