34 days in New Mexico Itinerary

34 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Las Cruces
— 2 nights
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Alamogordo
— 2 nights
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Carlsbad
— 4 nights
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Santa Fe
— 7 nights
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Taos
— 5 nights
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Jemez Springs
— 3 nights
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Nageezi
— 2 nights
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Grants
— 2 nights
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Albuquerque
— 6 nights
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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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Deming Luna Mimbres Museum and Old Mesilla Village. Explore Las Cruces' surroundings by going to Aguirre Spring Campground (in Organ) and Luna Rossa Winery (in Deming). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Recycled Roadrunner Sculpture.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Cruces online holiday planner.

New York City to Las Cruces is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Las Cruces. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in May: highs in Las Cruces hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Alamogordo.
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Alamogordo — 2 nights

Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. On the 1st (Thu), delve into the distant past at Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, then do a tasting at Tularosa Vineyards, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Osha Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your taste buds at McGinn's PistachioLand, then appreciate the history behind White Sands National Monument, and then relax in the rural setting at Heart of the Desert.

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You can drive from Las Cruces to Alamogordo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May in Alamogordo, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Carlsbad.
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Carlsbad — 4 nights

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 Big Room and Hall of The White Giant. Change things up with these side-trips from Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Lion's Tail, King's Palace, &more). It doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and cruise along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Carlsbad trip planner.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Carlsbad takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Carlsbad can reach 98°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.
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Santa Fe — 7 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Canyon Trail and Ten Thousand Waves. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Loretto Chapel and The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Pecos National Historical Park (in Pecos) and Chimayo (Santo Nino Chapel & El Santuario de Chimayo). There's still lots to do: stop by Canyon Road, go for a walk through Keshi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Chapel, and take an in-depth tour of New Mexico History Museum.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Santa Fe takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Carlsbad in June: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 89°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Taos.
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Taos Pueblo and Fort Union National Monument. Get in touch with nature at Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips and High Road to Taos. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taos: Taos Ski Valley (Hunziger Bowl & Al's Run), La Chiripada Winery (in Dixon) and Columbine Campground (in Red River). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, do a tasting at La Chiripada Tasting Room, and examine the collection at Millicent Rogers Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Taos trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in June, expect Taos to be little chillier, temps between 83°F and 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Jemez Springs.
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Jemez Springs — 3 nights

Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bandelier National Monument and Christ of the Desert Monastary. Visiting Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and Jemez Mountains will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Jemez Springs: Plaza Blanca (in Abiquiu) and Ojito Wilderness (in San Ysidro). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Valles Caldera National Preserve and cruise along Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Jemez Springs attractions planner.

Drive from Taos to Jemez Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Taos in June since evenings lows in Jemez Springs dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nageezi.
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Nageezi — 2 nights

Nageezi is a census-designated place in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. On the 22nd (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): delve into the distant past at Una Vida, then explore the ancient world of Pueblo Bonito, and then explore the striking landscape at Fajada Butte.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nageezi trip app.

You can drive from Jemez Springs to Nageezi in 2 hours. Traveling from Jemez Springs in June, expect nights in Nageezi to be a bit cooler, around 55°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 91°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grants.
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Grants — 2 nights

Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): discover the riches below the earth's surface at New Mexico Mining Museum, then contemplate the long history of El Morro National Monument, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Taylor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum and then admire the architecture and history at Laguna Pueblo Mission.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Grants day trip site.

Traveling by car from Nageezi to Grants takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nageezi in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Grants, with lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Albuquerque.
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Albuquerque — 6 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Petroglyph National Monument and Balloon Rides. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Albuquerque Old Town and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. There's much more to do: go all around town with Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals, don't miss a visit to New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, explore the ancient world of Coronado Historic Site, and learn about winemaking at Acequia Vineyards & Winery.

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Traveling by car from Grants to Albuquerque takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Grants in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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New Mexico travel guide

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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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