31 days in New Mexico Itinerary

31 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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31 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Taos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Farmington
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Grants
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Socorro
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Alamogordo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Carlsbad
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Albuquerque
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Toronto

4
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Loretto Chapel and Canyon Road. Get in touch with nature at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and Canyon Trail. Explore Santa Fe's surroundings by going to Jemez Springs (Valles Caldera National Preserve & Jemez Mountains) and Chimayo (El Santuario de Chimayo & Santo Nino Chapel). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario De Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, take in nature's colorful creations at Wiford Gallory and Sculpture Garden, and explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

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

Toronto, Canada to Santa Fe is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Toronto to Santa Fe, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Toronto in March, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Fe: temperatures range from 19°C by day to -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cochiti Pueblo, Chimayo, Jemez Springs
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

4
nights
Taos

Taos ©
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 the city and head to Fort Union National Monument and Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Taos Pueblo and Blumenschein Home & Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Taos side-trips: Middlefork Lake (in Red River) and San Jose de Gracia Church (in Trampas). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, identify plant and animal life at Wheeler Peak Wilderness, pause for some photo ops at Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, and take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Taos route planning site .

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Santa Fe in March: high temperatures in Taos hover around 15°C and lows are around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Farmington.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Red River, Fort Union National Monument, Wheeler Peak Wilderness, San Jose de Gracia Church
Highlights from your plan
Fort Union National Monument ©
Fort Union National Monument
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Wild Rivers Recreation Area ©
Wild Rivers Recreation Area

3
nights
Farmington

Farmington ©
Farmington ' is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. Escape the urban bustle at Chaco Culture National Historical Park and Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness. Visit Aztec Ruins National Monument and Chetro Ketl for their historical value. Step out of Farmington with an excursion to Pueblo Bonito in Nageezi--about 1h 20 min away. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Berg/Animas Trail.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Farmington itinerary planner.

Drive from Taos to Farmington in 4 hours. Traveling from Taos in March, Farmington is somewhat warmer at night with lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Grants.

Things to do in Farmington

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nageezi, Aztec Ruins National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Chaco Culture National Historical Park ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness ©
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness

3
nights
Grants

Grants ©
Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. Step out of the city life by going to El Morro National Monument and Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. Explore Grants' surroundings by going to Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum (in Pueblo of Acoma) and Laguna Pueblo Mission (in Laguna). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of El Malpais National Monument, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Taylor, explore the galleries of New Mexico Mining Museum, and look for gifts at Chaco Canyon Trading Co.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Grants tour planner .

Drive from Farmington to Grants in 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Farmington in March since evenings lows in Grants dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Socorro.

Things to do in Grants

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ramah, Chaco Canyon Trading Co, Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, Laguna Pueblo Mission
Highlights from your plan
El Morro National Monument ©
El Morro National Monument
Laguna Pueblo Mission ©
Laguna Pueblo Mission
El Malpais National Monument ©
El Malpais National Monument

3
nights
Socorro

Socorro ©
Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old San Miguel Mission and Fort Craig National Historic Site. Get in touch with nature at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and Riverbend Hot Springs. Get out of town with these interesting Socorro side-trips: Bernardo Wildlife Area (in Bosque), White Sands Missile Range Trinity Site (in San Antonio) and Sierra del Rio Golf Course (in Elephant Butte). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Socorro Historic Plaza.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Socorro trip simple and quick.

Getting from Grants to Socorro by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grants in March, expect Socorro to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Socorro

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Antonio, Riverbend Hot Springs, Sierra del Rio Golf Course, Bernardo Wildlife Area
Highlights from your plan
Bernardo Wildlife Area ©
Bernardo Wildlife Area
Riverbend Hot Springs ©
Riverbend Hot Springs

3
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Three Rivers Petroglyph Site and Old Apple Barn. Visiting White Sands National Monument and Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Alamogordo side-trips: St. Joseph Apache Mission Church (in Mescalero), Fort Selden Historic Site (in Radium Springs) and Fort Stanton Historical Site (in Fort Stanton). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of New Mexico Rails-to-Trails, don't miss a visit to Giant Alamogordo Landmark, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of San Albino.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Alamogordo trip planning website .

You can drive from Socorro to Alamogordo in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Las Cruces, Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, Fort Selden Historic Site, White Sands National Monument, Fort Stanton Historical Site
Highlights from your plan
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
Old Apple Barn ©
Old Apple Barn

4
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and Hall of The White Giant. Change things up with these side-trips from Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Green Lake, Bottomless Pit, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Carlsbad attractions planning tool .

Drive from Alamogordo to Carlsbad in 3 hours. In March in Carlsbad, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

6
nights
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bandelier National Monument and Boca Negra Canyon. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Albuquerque Old Town and Petroglyph National Monument. Change things up with these side-trips from Albuquerque: Tijeras (Pino Canyon & Piedra Lisa Trail), Ojito Wilderness (in San Ysidro) and Pueblo of Santa Ana (in Bernalillo). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, see the interesting displays at American International Rattlesnake Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife West Nature Park.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Albuquerque online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Carlsbad to Albuquerque by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Carlsbad in March: highs in Albuquerque hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Tijeras, Ojito Wilderness, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, Wildlife West Nature Park, Pueblo of Santa Ana
Highlights from your plan
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument

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