29 days in New Mexico & Houston Itinerary

29 days in New Mexico & Houston Itinerary

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Roswell
— 1 day
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Carlsbad
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ruidoso
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 5 nights
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Albuquerque
— 4 nights
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Houston
— 7 nights

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Roswell

— 1 day
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): look and learn at Roswell Museum & Art Center, then see the interesting displays at International UFO Museum and Research Center, and then learn about winemaking at Pecos Flavors Winery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Roswell trip itinerary builder app.

Houston to Roswell is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Roswell due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Roswell when traveling from Houston in July, with lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums · Wineries · Childrens Museums

Carlsbad

— 4 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Giant Dome, Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and admire all the interesting features of Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Carlsbad day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Roswell to Carlsbad takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 97°F in July, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Ruidoso.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Ruidoso

— 3 nights
Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Step out of Ruidoso with an excursion to McGinn's PistachioLand in Alamogordo--about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument, take in the exciting artwork at Kenneth Wyatt Galleries, delve into the lush surroundings at Lincoln National Forest, and shop like a local with Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ruidoso online trip maker.

Getting from Carlsbad to Ruidoso by car takes about 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Carlsbad in August, with highs in Ruidoso at 77°F and lows at 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Taos.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Horseback Riding Tours (in Red River), Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips (in Velarde) and La Chiripada Winery (in Dixon). There's much more to do: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Philmont Scout Ranch, admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Taos online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Ruidoso to Taos takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Ruidoso in August, expect little chillier with lows of 50°F in Taos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and make a trip to Meow Wolf Santa Fe.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 57°F in Santa Fe. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Step out of Albuquerque to go to Los Alamos and see Bandelier National Monument, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, make a trip to New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Albuquerque trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from Santa Fe in August, with lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Houston.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Houston

— 7 nights

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Explore Houston's surroundings by going to Galveston (Moody Gardens, Murdochs, &more), Tanger Outlets Houston (in Texas City) and Battleship Texas State Historic Site (in La Porte). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Space Center Houston, get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, have fun and explore at Children's Museum Houston, and get in on the family fun at Kemah Boardwalk.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Houston itinerary maker app.

Getting from Albuquerque to Houston by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Albuquerque to Houston. Traveling from Albuquerque in August, expect Houston to be somewhat warmer, temps between 95°F and 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

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.