30 days in New Mexico Itinerary

30 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Albuquerque
— 4 nights
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Santa Fe
— 5 nights
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Taos
— 4 nights
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Jemez Springs
— 4 nights
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Socorro
— 3 nights
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Las Cruces
— 3 nights
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Carlsbad
— 6 nights
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Albuquerque — 4 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.
Albuquerque is known for historic sites, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, admire the majestic nature at Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, get to know the resident critters at ABQ BioPark Zoo, and examine the collection at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Albuquerque trip planner.

New York City to Albuquerque is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from New York City in November, with lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Santa Fe — 5 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.
Explore Santa Fe's surroundings by going to Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, indulge in some personalized pampering at Ten Thousand Waves, take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, and get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Santa Fe trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Albuquerque in November: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 54°F and lows are around 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Taos.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Side Trips

Taos — 4 nights

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Take a break from Taos with a short trip to Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, explore the world behind art at Taos Art Museum, admire all the interesting features of High Road to Taos, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Taos sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from Santa Fe to Taos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 21°F in Taos. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jemez Springs.
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Museums · Shopping · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trip

Jemez Springs — 4 nights

Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Jemez Springs side-trips: Chaco Culture National Historical Park (in Nageezi), Abiquiu (Ghost Ranch & Plaza Blanca) and Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jemez Mountains, relax and rejuvenate at Jemez Springs Bath House, take a memorable drive along Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway, and contemplate the long history of Jemez Historic Site.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Jemez Springs day trip app.

Drive from Taos to Jemez Springs in 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Jemez Springs when traveling from Taos in November, with lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Socorro.
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Socorro — 3 nights

Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. state of New Mexico. Explore Socorro's surroundings by going to Truth or Consequences (Veterans Memorial Park & Riverbend Hot Springs). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old San Miguel Mission, see the sky in a new way at National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and make a trip to Very Large Array.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Socorro trip site.

You can drive from Jemez Springs to Socorro in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Jemez Springs in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Socorro, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Las Cruces.
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Las Cruces — 3 nights

Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Las Cruces side-trips: Deming (Deming Luna Mimbres Museum & D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument, stroll around Dripping Springs Natural Area, learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, and appreciate the history behind Recycled Roadrunner Sculpture.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Cruces day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Socorro to Las Cruces takes 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Las Cruces can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Carlsbad.
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Museums · Parks · Nature · Wineries
Side Trips

Carlsbad — 6 nights

Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Explore Carlsbad's surroundings by going to Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Bottomless Pit, Big Room, &more). There's more to do: cruise along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive and Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Carlsbad online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Las Cruces to Carlsbad in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in November, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.
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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.
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