35 days in New Mexico Itinerary

35 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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35 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Farmington
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Taos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Santa Fe
— 6 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Los Alamos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Albuquerque
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Carlsbad
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Alamogordo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Deming
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Gila
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Seattle

5
nights
Farmington

Farmington ©
Farmington ' is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cliff Palace and Balcony House. Get outdoors at Hovenweep National Monument and Berg/Animas Trail. When in Farmington, make a side trip to see The Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Farmington trip planner .

Seattle to Farmington is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in April: highs in Farmington hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Farmington

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Hovenweep National Monument, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center

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.
Get outdoors at Fort Union National Monument and Enchanted Circle Drive. Taos Pueblo and Taos Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, take in the exciting artwork at 203 Fine Art, and make a trip to Taos County Courthouse Murals.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Taos route maker tool .

Traveling by car from Farmington to Taos takes 4 hours. Traveling from Farmington in April, expect Taos to be little chillier, temps between 61°F and 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Fort Union National Monument
Highlights from your plan
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Fort Union National Monument ©
Fort Union National Monument

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and Canyon Trail. Your inner history buff will appreciate Loretto Chapel and Santa Fe Plaza. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, view the masterpieces at Keshi, shop like a local with Nedra Matteucci Galleries, and admire the masterpieces at San Miguel Chapel.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe route planning website .

Drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in April, expect Santa Fe to be a bit warmer, temps between 67°F and 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Alamos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Cochiti Pueblo, Tesuque Glassworks
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

2
nights
Los Alamos

Los Alamos ©
Los Alamos is a town in Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States that is recognized as the birthplace of the first atomic bomb––the primary objective of the Manhattan Project by Los Alamos National Laboratory during World War II. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Ghost Ranch and then trek along Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Bandelier National Monument.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Alamos day trip planning website .

Drive from Santa Fe to Los Alamos in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Fe in May: highs in Los Alamos hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Los Alamos

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Ghost Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Ghost Ranch ©
Ghost Ranch

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.
Popular historic sites such as Albuquerque Old Town and Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Petroglyph National Monument and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Get out of town with these interesting Albuquerque side-trips: Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum (in Pueblo of Acoma) and Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument (in Mountainair). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, enjoy some diversion at Downs at Albuquerque, get to know the resident critters at ABQ BioPark Zoo, and make a trip to Spaceship House.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Albuquerque trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Los Alamos to Albuquerque by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Los Alamos, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Albuquerque, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum
Highlights from your plan
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

4
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at International UFO Museum and Research Center and Downtown Historic District. Step out of the city life by going to Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and Singing Road. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carlsbad: Roswell (Tokay Beaded Art & Roswell Museum & Art Center) and Big Room (in Carlsbad Caverns National Park).

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Carlsbad takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Albuquerque in May: highs in Carlsbad hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Roswell, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Singing Road
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Roswell Museum & Art Center ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center

4
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Do some cultural sightseeing at McGinn's PistachioLand and New Mexico Museum of Space History. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Alamogordo: Three Rivers Petroglyph Site (in Tularosa) and White Sands National Monument (in White Sands). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at White Sands Missle Range Museum, get curious at International Space Hall of Fame, make a trip to Giant Alamogordo Landmark, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alameda Park Zoo.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Alamogordo trip planner .

You can drive from Carlsbad to Alamogordo in 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Alamogordo are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Deming.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Museums Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, White Sands National Monument
Highlights from your plan
White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
White Sands Missle Range Museum ©
White Sands Missle Range Museum

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 21st (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Deming Luna Mimbres Museum and then immerse yourself in nature at Rockhound State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room and then walk around City of Rocks State Park.

Discover how to plan a Deming trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Alamogordo to Deming in 2.5 hours. In May in Deming, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gila.

Things to do in Deming

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Rockhound State Park
Highlights from your plan
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum ©
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum
City of Rocks State Park ©
City of Rocks State Park
D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room ©

1
night
Gila

Gila ©
Gila is a census-designated place in Grant County, New Mexico, United States. Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Gila trip planner .

Drive from Deming to Gila in 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Deming in May; daily highs in Gila reach 76°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gila

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument ©

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