30 days in New Mexico Itinerary

30 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico trip planner
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Albuquerque
— 4 nights
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Jemez Springs
— 3 nights
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Taos
— 5 nights
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Santa Fe
— 6 nights
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Carlsbad
— 6 nights
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Las Cruces
— 5 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: stop by Albuquerque Old Town, see the interesting displays at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, get curious at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, and take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Albuquerque online holiday planner.

Pittsburgh to Albuquerque is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Pittsburgh to Albuquerque. While traveling from Pittsburgh, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Albuquerque, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Jemez Springs.
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Jemez Springs — 3 nights

Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Jemez Springs: Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) and Abiquiu (Ghost Ranch & Plaza Blanca). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Jemez Mountains, explore and take pictures at Jemez Mountain Trail, and stroll through Valles Caldera National Preserve.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Jemez Springs online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Albuquerque to Jemez Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Albuquerque in September: high temperatures in Jemez Springs hover around 74°F and lows are around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Taos.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taos: Fort Union National Monument (in Watrous), Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire) and Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips (in Velarde). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, pause for some photo ops at Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, and explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Taos journey builder app.

Traveling by car from Jemez Springs to Taos takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Jemez Springs in September, Taos is slightly colder at night with lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.
Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips

Santa Fe — 6 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 (Canyon Trail & Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf Santa Fe, and steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Santa Fe trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 52°F in Santa Fe. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Carlsbad.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
Side Trip

Carlsbad — 6 nights

Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Carlsbad side-trips: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (King's Palace, Big Room, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and cruise along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Carlsbad holiday builder app.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Carlsbad in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, expect Carlsbad to be somewhat warmer, temps between 86°F and 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Las Cruces.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip

Las Cruces — 5 nights

Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Las Cruces: McGinn's PistachioLand (in Alamogordo) and Deming (Deming Luna Mimbres Museum & Basin Range Volcanics Geolapidary Museum Deming). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument, stroll around Dripping Springs Natural Area, get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Nature & Science, and ponder the design of Plaza de Las Cruces.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Las Cruces online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Las Cruces takes 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping
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.