26 days in New Mexico Itinerary

26 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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San Antonio
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Deming
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Las Cruces
— 4 nights
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Alamogordo
— 2 nights
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Carlsbad
— 3 nights
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Taos
— 3 nights
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Santa Fe
— 7 nights
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Albuquerque
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San Antonio — 1 day

San Antonio is an unincorporated community in Socorro County, New Mexico, United States, roughly in the center of the state, on the Rio Grande. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): contemplate the long history of White Sands Missile Range Trinity Site and then stroll through Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Antonio journey planning site.

Albuquerque to San Antonio is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. January in San Antonio sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 26°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Deming.
Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Deming — 1 night

Deming is a city in Luna County, New Mexico, United States, located 60 miles (97 km) west of Las Cruces and thirty-three miles north of the Mexican border. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Deming Luna Mimbres Museum and then learn about winemaking at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Deming online trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Deming takes 2.5 hours. January in Deming sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Las Cruces.
Museums · Wineries

Las Cruces — 4 nights

Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Popular historic sites such as Old Mesilla Village and Basilica San Albino Catholic Church are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Las Cruces: Blackstone Hotsprings (in Truth or Consequences) and War Eagles Air Museum (in Santa Teresa). There's lots more to do: stroll around Dripping Springs Natural Area, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Nature & Science, see the interesting displays at The Zuhl Museum, and get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Las Cruces trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Deming to Las Cruces takes 1.5 hours. January in Las Cruces sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Alamogordo.
Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Parks
Side Trips

Alamogordo — 2 nights

Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Three Rivers Petroglyph Site and then take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Old Apple Barn, then do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand, and then do a tasting at Heart of the Desert.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Alamogordo trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Las Cruces to Alamogordo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Alamogordo sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.
Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Nature
Side Trips

Carlsbad — 3 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 (Lion's Tail, Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, &more).

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Carlsbad trip planner.

You can drive from Alamogordo to Carlsbad in 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Taos.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trip

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Taos Pueblo and San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church. Explore Taos' surroundings by going to Taos Ski Valley Resort (in Taos Ski Valley), Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire) and Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area (in Red River). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Taos road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Taos takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Carlsbad in January: high temperatures in Taos hover around 39°F and lows are around 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.
Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trips

Santa Fe — 7 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.
Get some historical perspective at Loretto Chapel and The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Chimayo (El Santuario de Chimayo & Santo Nino Chapel). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Canyon Road, relax and rejuvenate at Ten Thousand Waves, steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, and see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip planner.

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Taos in January since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Albuquerque.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Winter Sports
Side Trip

Albuquerque — 5 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.
Get some historical perspective at Albuquerque Old Town and Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe. There's lots more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, explore the world behind art at Albuquerque Museum, get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum, and learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.
Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Tours

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.