30 days in New Mexico Itinerary

30 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico tour planner

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Albuquerque
— 3 nights
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Santa Fe
— 6 nights
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Taos
— 4 nights
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Jemez Springs
— 2 nights
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Nageezi
— 2 nights
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Pueblo of Acoma
— 1 night
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Gila
— 1 night
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Deming
— 2 nights
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Las Cruces
— 2 nights
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Truth or Consequences
— 1 night
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San Antonio
— 1 night
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Ruidoso
— 2 nights
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Roswell
— 2 nights
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Albuquerque

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like National Radio Astronomy Observatory and Explora Science Center and Children's Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albuquerque: El Malpais National Monument (in Grants) and Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument (in Mountainair). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, admire the masterpieces at Albuquerque Museum, see the interesting displays at American International Rattlesnake Museum, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Albuquerque Biological Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque route website.

New York City to Albuquerque is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Albuquerque. Traveling from New York City in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 36°F in Albuquerque. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Plaza Blanca and White Rock Overlook Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Abiquiu (Ghost Ranch & Georgia O'Keeffe: Welcome Center) and Los Alamos (Los Alamos History Museum & Bradbury Science Museum). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Harrell House Bug Museum, browse the exhibits of San Miguel Chapel, stroll around Old Fort Marcy Park, and explore the world behind art at New Mexico Museum of Art.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe trip planner.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, Santa Fe is slightly colder than Albuquerque - with highs of 54°F and lows of 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Millicent Rogers Museum and San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taos: Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire), Horseback Riding Tours (in Red River) and Taos Ski Valley Resort (in Taos Ski Valley). There's lots more to do: cruise along The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe, explore the world behind art at Harwood Museum of Art, admire all the interesting features of Enchanted Circle Drive, and examine the collection at La Hacienda del los Martinez.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Taos online trip itinerary builder.

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 slightly colder with lows of 21°F in Taos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive · Tours

Side Trips

Jemez Springs

— 2 nights
Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. On the 16th (Tue), get impressive views of Jemez Mountains, then stroll through Valles Caldera National Preserve, and then take in the natural beauty of Jemez Springs Bath House. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Jemez Historic Site, then take in the natural beauty of Jemez Hot Springs, and then explore and take pictures at Highway 126.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Jemez Springs holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Jemez Springs takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Taos in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Jemez Springs, with lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nageezi.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Nageezi

— 2 nights
Nageezi is a census-designated place in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. On the 18th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Chetro Ketl, explore the ancient world of Pueblo Bonito, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Fajada Butte.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nageezi road trip site.

Traveling by car from Jemez Springs to Nageezi takes 2 hours. Traveling from Jemez Springs in November, you will find days in Nageezi are a bit warmer (56°F), and nights are little chillier (28°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Pueblo of Acoma.

Things to do in Nageezi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Pueblo of Acoma

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): try to win big at Dancing Eagle Casino, then don't miss a visit to Acoma Pueblo Sky City, and then get engrossed in the history at Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Pueblo of Acoma trip maker.

You can drive from Nageezi to Pueblo of Acoma in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Nageezi in November, plan for little chillier nights in Pueblo of Acoma, with lows around 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gila.

Things to do in Pueblo of Acoma

Casinos · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trip

Gila

— 1 night
Gila is a census-designated place in Grant County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Gila online holiday maker.

Drive from Pueblo of Acoma to Gila in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Pueblo of Acoma in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Gila, with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Deming.

Things to do in Gila

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Deming

— 2 nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Rockhound State Park, then do a tasting at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room, and then get engrossed in the history at Deming Luna Mimbres Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark, then take in the dramatic natural features at City of Rocks State Park, and then take in the natural beauty of Faywood Hot Springs.

Discover how to plan a Deming trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Gila to Deming takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Gila in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Deming: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Deming

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Las Cruces

— 2 nights
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces, then learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, and then walk around Dripping Springs Natural Area. Here are some ideas for day two: deepen your understanding at New Mexico State University, steep yourself in history at Old Mesilla Village, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Albino Catholic Church, then pause for some photo ops at Recycled Roadrunner Sculpture, and finally head outdoors with Prehistoric Trackways National Monument.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Las Cruces trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Deming to Las Cruces in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Las Cruces are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Truth or Consequences.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Truth or Consequences

— 1 night
Truth or Consequences is a spa city and the county seat of Sierra County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Elephant Butte Lake State Park, then get engrossed in the history at Geronimo Springs Museum, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Riverbend Hot Springs.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Truth or Consequences trip builder.

Drive from Las Cruces to Truth or Consequences in 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Truth or Consequences can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Truth or Consequences

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

San Antonio

— 1 night
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 27th (Sat): steep yourself in history at White Sands Missile Range Trinity Site and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Truth or Consequences to San Antonio in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Ruidoso.

Things to do in San Antonio

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Ruidoso

— 2 nights
Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): walk around Smokey Bear Historical Park, appreciate the history behind Lincoln State Monument, then see the interesting displays at Hubbard Museum of the American West, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Lincoln National Forest, see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History, and then learn about winemaking at Heart of the Desert.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ruidoso trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from San Antonio to Ruidoso in 2 hours. When traveling from San Antonio in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ruidoso: temperatures range from 56°F by day to 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Roswell.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Parks · Museums · Spas · Wineries

Side Trips

Roswell

— 2 nights
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): stroll through Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, then admire the masterpieces at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, then see the sky in a new way at Roswell Museum, and finally do a tasting at Pecos Flavors Winery.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Roswell itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Ruidoso to Roswell takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ruidoso in November, you will find days in Roswell are a bit warmer (65°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums · Wildlife · Wineries · Parks

Side Trip

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.