28 days in New Mexico Itinerary

28 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Albuquerque
— 6 nights
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Alamogordo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carlsbad
— 5 nights
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 6 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 6 nights
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Albuquerque

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Willow Creek Trail (in Rio Rancho) and Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos). The adventure continues: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, admire the natural beauty at ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Albuquerque online itinerary builder.

Exeter, UK to Albuquerque is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Exeter to Albuquerque due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

3
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Alamogordo: Cloudcroft (Osha Trail & State Route 244). There's lots more to do: stroll through White Sands National Monument, get a taste of the local shopping with McGinn's PistachioLand, see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History, and learn about winemaking at Tularosa Vineyards.

To see reviews and other tourist information, use the Alamogordo online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Albuquerque to Alamogordo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Alamogordo are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

5
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Carlsbad

Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Explore Carlsbad's surroundings by going to Roswell (Pecos Flavors Winery & International UFO Museum and Research Center) and Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Giant Dome, Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, &more). It doesn't end there: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park and take a memorable drive along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Carlsbad takes 3 hours. August in Carlsbad sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

6
nights
Santa Fe

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Cochiti Pueblo (Canyon Trail & Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, don't miss a visit to Santa Fe Plaza, examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carlsbad to Santa Fe in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Carlsbad in August, expect Santa Fe to be a bit cooler, temps between 34°C and 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

6
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Taos

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taos: Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire) and Red River (Mallette Park Nature Trail & Horseback Riding Tours). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, shop like a local with Enchanted Circle Pottery, look for all kinds of wild species at Wheeler Peak Wilderness, and explore the activities along Williams Lake.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Taos trip maker.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, Taos is a bit cooler than Santa Fe - with highs of 30°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.