34 days in New Mexico Itinerary

34 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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34 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Albuquerque
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Deming
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Roswell
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Ruidoso
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Alamogordo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Socorro
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Taos
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Santa Fe
— 7 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h
End: New York City

5
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society. Do some cultural sightseeing at Albuquerque Old Town and Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque. Venture out of the city with trips to Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts (in Los Lunas), Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum (in Pueblo of Acoma) and Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, and browse for treasures at Tinkertown Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque vacation planning site .

New York City to Albuquerque is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Albuquerque due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 60°F in Albuquerque. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Deming.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, Bandelier National Monument, Tinkertown Museum, Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument

2
nights
Deming

Deming ©
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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, explore the world behind art at Deming Arts Center, then learn about winemaking at Luna Rossa Winery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Columbus Depot Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Fort Cummings 1836-1886, see the interesting displays at Basin Range Volcanics Geolapidary Museum Deming, and then learn about winemaking at St. Clair Winery & Vineyard.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Deming trip itinerary maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Albuquerque to Deming. In September, daytime highs in Deming are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Deming

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Columbus Depot Museum
Highlights from your plan
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum ©
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum
D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room ©

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Big Room, & more).

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Carlsbad online attractions planner .

Getting from Deming to Carlsbad by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Roswell.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Roswell

Roswell ©
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 23rd (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, examine the collection at International UFO Museum and Research Center, contemplate the long history of Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico, then learn about winemaking at Pecos Flavors Winery, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Tokay Beaded Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the sky in a new way at Roswell Museum & Art Center, see the interesting displays at Walker Aviation Musem, then take a memorable drive along Singing Road, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Roswell trip planner .

Drive from Carlsbad to Roswell in 1.5 hours. In September in Roswell, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ruidoso.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Singing Road
Highlights from your plan

4
nights
Ruidoso

Ruidoso ©
Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Visit Fort Stanton Historical Site and St. Joseph Apache Mission Church for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery and Hubbard Museum of the American West. Change things up with these side-trips from Ruidoso: Lincoln State Monument (in Lincoln) and Carrizozo Heritage Museum (in Carrizozo). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Fort Stanton Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Horse, catch the contagious excitement of Ruidoso Downs Race Track, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps and more tourist information, you can read our Ruidoso road trip planning site .

Drive from Roswell to Ruidoso in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Roswell in September, things will get slightly colder in Ruidoso: highs are around 73°F and lows about 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Museums Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Fort Stanton, Lincoln, St. Joseph Apache Mission Church, Carrizozo Heritage Museum, Hubbard Museum of the American West
Highlights from your plan
Fort Stanton Museum ©
Fort Stanton Museum
Fort Stanton Historical Site ©
Fort Stanton Historical Site
Kenneth Wyatt Galleries ©
Kenneth Wyatt Galleries

3
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Appreciate the collections at New Mexico Museum of Space History and White Sands Missle Range Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at McGinn's PistachioLand and Tularosa Basin Museum of History. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Alamogordo: White Sands National Monument (in White Sands) and Three Rivers Petroglyph Site (in Tularosa). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Heart of the Desert, engage your brain at International Space Hall of Fame, appreciate the extensive heritage of New Mexico Rails-to-Trails, and see the interesting displays at Shroud Exhibit and Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Alamogordo trip itinerary maker website .

Take a bus from Ruidoso to Alamogordo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ruidoso in September; daily highs in Alamogordo reach 85°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Socorro.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tularosa, White Sands National Monument, New Mexico Rails-to-Trails
Highlights from your plan
New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
New Mexico Museum of Space History
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
White Sands Missle Range Museum ©
White Sands Missle Range Museum

2
nights
Socorro

Socorro ©
Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): look and learn at National Radio Astronomy Observatory, examine the collection at Mineralogical Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old San Miguel Mission, then take in the exciting artwork at Vertu Fine Art Gallery, and finally steep yourself in history at Socorro Historic Plaza. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and then look and learn at NRAO Very Large Array.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Socorro itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Socorro takes 2.5 hours. October in Socorro sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Socorro

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
NRAO Very Large Array ©
NRAO Very Large Array
Vertu Fine Art Gallery ©
Vertu Fine Art Gallery
Old San Miguel Mission ©
Old San Miguel Mission

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Taos Pueblo and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Your inner history buff will appreciate San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church and Kit Carson Home & Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Fort Union National Monument (in Watrous), Red River (Kenneth Wyatt Gallery & Spas) and Cleveland Roller Mill Museum (in Cleveland). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, examine the collection at Millicent Rogers Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Jose de Gracia Mission Church, and explore the world behind art at Taos Art Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Taos trip planner.

You can drive from Socorro to Taos in 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Socorro in October; daily highs in Taos reach 65°F and lows reach 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Red River, San Jose de Gracia Church, Cleveland Roller Mill Museum, Fort Union National Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

7
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.
Get some cultural insight at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Loretto Chapel and Santa Fe Plaza. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo), Casa Abril Vineyards & Winery Tasting Room (in Algodones) and Chimayo (Santo Nino Chapel & El Santuario de Chimayo). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, admire the masterpieces at Ghost Ranch, examine the collection at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Chapel.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Taos in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Santa Fe, with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Chimayo, Abiquiu, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Casa Abril Vineyards & Winery Tasting Room
Highlights from your plan
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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