33 days in New Mexico Itinerary

33 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico travel route planner

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Las Cruces
— 5 nights
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Alamogordo
— 4 nights
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Carlsbad
— 5 nights
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Roswell
— 1 night
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Santa Fe
— 5 nights
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Taos
— 4 nights
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Jemez Springs
— 3 nights
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Albuquerque
— 5 nights
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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. Your day by day itinerary now includes Mesilla Plaza. Change things up with these side-trips from Las Cruces: War Eagles Air Museum (in Santa Teresa), Deming (Deming Luna Mimbres Museum & Luna Rossa Winery) and Truth or Consequences (Riverbend Hot Springs & Veterans Memorial Park). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Old Mesilla Village, appreciate the history behind Recycled Roadrunner Sculpture, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Albino Catholic Church, and look for gifts at Mesilla Book Center.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Las Cruces day trip planning app.

Los Angeles to Las Cruces is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Las Cruces. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Las Cruces, with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Alamogordo

— 4 nights
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Alamogordo: Cloudcroft (Osha Trail & State Route 244). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through White Sands National Monument, learn about all things military at Tularosa Basin Museum of History, learn about winemaking at McGinn's PistachioLand, and examine the collection at New Mexico Museum of Space History.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Alamogordo vacation planner.

Drive from Las Cruces to Alamogordo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Carlsbad

— 5 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (King's Palace, Big Room, &more). It doesn't end there: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Carlsbad trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Alamogordo to Carlsbad in 3 hours. October in Carlsbad sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Roswell.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Roswell

— 1 night
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 6th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Pecos Flavors Winery, see the interesting displays at International UFO Museum and Research Center, and then admire the masterpieces at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Roswell trip app.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Roswell takes 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Roswell can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums · Wineries

Santa Fe

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Cochiti Pueblo (Canyon Trail & Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, pause for some photo ops at New Mexico History Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, and steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe journey builder.

Traveling by car from Roswell to Santa Fe takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Roswell in November, things will get slightly colder in Santa Fe: highs are around 54°F and lows about 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taos: Horseback Riding Tours (in Red River) and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, cast your line with Taos Fly Shop, stop by Enchanted Circle Pottery, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Taos day trip planning site.

Getting from Santa Fe to Taos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Taos when traveling from Santa Fe in November, with lows around 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Taos

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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: Abiquiu (Plaza Blanca & Ghost Ranch) and Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Jemez Mountains, take in the natural beauty of Jemez Hot Springs, and cruise along Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Jemez Springs trip app.

Drive from Taos to Jemez Springs in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Taos in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 33°F in Jemez Springs. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Albuquerque

— 5 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.
Albuquerque is known for historic sites, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, make a trip to New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, and see the interesting displays at Unser Racing Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque attractions tool.

Getting from Jemez Springs to Albuquerque by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Jemez Springs in November, you will find days in Albuquerque are somewhat warmer (59°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

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.