31 days in New Mexico Itinerary

31 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico itinerary planner
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Albuquerque
— 4 nights
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Santa Fe
— 6 nights
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Taos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jemez Springs
— 3 nights
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Socorro
— 3 nights
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Deming
— 2 nights
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Las Cruces
— 3 nights
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Carlsbad
— 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: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, admire the masterpieces at Albuquerque Museum, and stop by Albuquerque Old Town.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque route maker 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. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Fe.
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Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe route planner.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in November, expect Santa Fe to be little chillier, temps between 54°F and 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Taos.
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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.
Step out of Taos with an excursion to Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, take in the exciting artwork at Enchanted Circle Pottery, explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, and explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo.

To see maps and other tourist information, you can read our Taos trip tool.

Drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in November, plan for little chillier nights in Taos, with lows around 21°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Jemez Springs.
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Jemez Springs — 3 nights

Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Jemez Springs side-trips: Plaza Blanca (in Abiquiu) and Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Jemez Mountains, take a memorable drive along Jemez Mountain Trail, and delve into the distant past at Jemez Historic Site.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Jemez Springs driving holiday app.

You can drive from Taos to Jemez Springs in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Taos in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Jemez Springs, with lows of 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can 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. Step out of Socorro with an excursion to Riverbend Hot Springs in Truth or Consequences--about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, steep yourself in history at Fort Craig National Historic Site, look and learn at National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old San Miguel Mission.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Socorro vacation maker tool.

Traveling by car from Jemez Springs to Socorro takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Jemez Springs in November, you will find days in Socorro are somewhat warmer (62°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Deming.
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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. On the 23rd (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Deming Luna Mimbres Museum and then learn about winemaking at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at City of Rocks State Park and then admire the majestic nature at Rockhound State Park.

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You can drive from Socorro to Deming in 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Deming can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive 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. Las Cruces is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument, walk around Dripping Springs Natural Area, hunt for treasures at Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces, and get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

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

You can drive from Deming to Las Cruces in 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Las Cruces can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Carlsbad.
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Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping
Side Trip

Carlsbad — 5 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 (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Big Room, &more). It doesn't end there: cruise along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Carlsbad trip itinerary planner.

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 2nd (Thu) 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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