34 days in New Mexico Itinerary

34 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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34 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly + bus:  6​h
1
Las Cruces
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Alamogordo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Carlsbad
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Tucumcari
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Taos
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Santa Fe
— 7 nights
bus:  1​h
7
Albuquerque
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Austin

3
nights
Las Cruces

Las Cruces ©
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. You'll explore and learn at Deming Luna Mimbres Museum and Basin Range Volcanics Geolapidary Museum Deming. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mesilla Book Center and Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces. Change things up with these side-trips from Las Cruces: Geronimo Springs Museum (in Truth or Consequences) and War Eagles Air Museum (in Santa Teresa). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, steep yourself in history at Old Mesilla Village, don't miss a visit to Recycled Roadrunner Sculpture, and admire the local landmark of Plaza de Las Cruces.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Cruces tour itinerary builder website .

Austin to Las Cruces is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Las Cruces is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Las Cruces when traveling from Austin in June, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Deming, War Eagles Air Museum, Geronimo Springs Museum
Highlights from your plan
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum ©
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum
War Eagles Air Museum ©
War Eagles Air Museum

3
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Head to Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery and Kenneth Wyatt Galleriesfor plenty of shopping. Fort Stanton Museum and New Mexico Museum of Space History will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Alamogordo's surroundings by going to Old West Studio (in Ruidoso), Lotza Stuff (in Ruidoso Downs) and Lincoln State Monument (in Lincoln). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument, do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand, and get curious at International Space Hall of Fame.

To find maps and tourist information, use the Alamogordo travel route site .

You can drive from Las Cruces to Alamogordo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 95°F in June, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Museums Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Ruidoso, Fort Stanton Museum, White Sands National Monument, Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery, Lincoln State Monument
Highlights from your plan
Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery ©
Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery
Fort Stanton Museum ©
Fort Stanton Museum
New Mexico Museum of Space History ©

4
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and Slaughter Canyon Cave. For shopping fun, head to Tokay Beaded Art or Alien Zone Area 51. Get out of town with these interesting Carlsbad side-trips: International UFO Museum and Research Center (in Roswell), Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Big Room) and Singing Road (in Tijeras). There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Sitting Bull Falls and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Carlsbad tour itinerary builder website .

Getting from Alamogordo to Carlsbad by car takes about 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Carlsbad can reach 98°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Tucumcari.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Roswell, Singing Road
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Slaughter Canyon Cave ©
Slaughter Canyon Cave

3
nights
Tucumcari

Tucumcari ©
Tucumcari is a city in and the county seat of Quay County, New Mexico, United States. Head to Tee Pee Curios and Tucumcari Trading Postfor plenty of shopping. Appreciate the collections at Russell's Truck and Travel Center and Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory. Change things up with these side-trips from Tucumcari: Santa Rosa (Route 66 Auto Museum & Blue Hole) and Billy the Kid Museum (in Fort Sumner). There's still lots to do: have fun at Route 66 Wedding Chapel and pause for some photo ops at Route 66 Monument.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tucumcari online trip builder .

Getting from Carlsbad to Tucumcari by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 96°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Tucumcari

Museums Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Billy the Kid Museum, Russell's Truck and Travel Center
Highlights from your plan
Russell's Truck and Travel Center ©
Blue Hole ©
Blue Hole
Billy the Kid Museum ©
Billy the Kid Museum

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.
Taos Pueblo and San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church will appeal to history buffs. Head to Tesuque Glass Works and Rottenstone Potteryfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Taos side-trips: Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire), Cleveland Roller Mill Museum (in Cleveland) and Philmont Scout Ranch (in Cimarron). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Enchanted Circle Pottery, get a taste of the local shopping with Kenneth Wyatt Gallery, view the masterpieces at Taos Clay Studio, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Rivers Recreation Area.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Taos trip planning app .

Drive from Tucumcari to Taos in 4 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tucumcari in July, with highs in Taos at 83°F and lows at 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Tesuque Glass Works, Philmont Scout Ranch, Rottenstone Pottery, Kenneth Wyatt Gallery, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Philmont Scout Ranch ©
Philmont Scout Ranch

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.
Appreciate the collections at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and Monroe Gallery. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nedra Matteucci Galleries and Andrew Smith Gallery, Inc.. Venture out of the city with trips to Abiquiu (Ghost Ranch & Georgia O'Keeffe: Welcome Center), Turquoise Trail Sculpture Garden (in Cerrillos) and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Keshi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, and engage your brain at Bradbury Science Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe planner .

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Taos in July, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Abiquiu, El Santuario de Chimayo, Shidoni Galleries, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Turquoise Trail Sculpture Garden
Highlights from your plan
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

8
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tinkertown Museum and Vertu Fine Art Gallery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Bandelier National Monument and Albuquerque New Mexico Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Albuquerque: Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum (in Pueblo of Acoma) and Socorro (Socorro Historic Plaza & Mineralogical Museum). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and get engrossed in the history at Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Albuquerque road trip website .

Take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Fe in July since evenings lows in Albuquerque dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Socorro, Tinkertown Museum, Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, Bandelier National Monument
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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