42 days in New Mexico Itinerary

42 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Albuquerque
— 5 nights
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Jemez Springs
— 4 nights
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Grants
— 4 nights
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Carlsbad
— 6 nights
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Alamogordo
— 5 nights
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Silver City
— 4 nights
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Santa Fe
— 7 nights
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Taos
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Albuquerque — 5 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.
Albuquerque is known for historic sites, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and stroll through Petroglyph National Monument.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Albuquerque trip planning site.

Dallas to Albuquerque is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Albuquerque. Expect slightly colder evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from Dallas in June, with lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Jemez Springs.
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Jemez Springs — 4 nights

Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jemez Springs: Ojito Wilderness (in San Ysidro), Abiquiu (Ghost Ranch, Plaza Blanca, &more) and Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos). It doesn't end there: get impressive views of Jemez Mountains and tour the pleasant surroundings at Valles Caldera National Preserve.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Jemez Springs route planner.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Jemez Springs takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Albuquerque in July, expect Jemez Springs to be little chillier, temps between 81°F and 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grants.
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Grants — 4 nights

Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Grants: El Morro National Monument (in Ramah) and Chaco Culture National Historical Park (in Nageezi). Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring nature at El Malpais National Monument. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Taylor, examine the collection at New Mexico Mining Museum, and explore the striking landscape at La Ventana Natural Arch.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Grants trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Jemez Springs to Grants takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Jemez Springs in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Grants, with lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Carlsbad.
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Carlsbad — 6 nights

Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Rattlesnake Springs, Big Room, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, admire all the interesting features of Walnut Canyon Desert Drive, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Carlsbad itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Grants to Carlsbad in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Grants in July, expect Carlsbad to be a bit warmer, temps between 97°F and 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Alamogordo.
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Alamogordo — 5 nights

Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Alamogordo side-trips: Cloudcroft (State Route 244 & Osha Trail) and Las Cruces (Old Mesilla Village, Veterans Memorial Park, &more). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument, examine the collection at New Mexico Museum of Space History, appreciate the extensive heritage of New Mexico Rails-to-Trails, and explore and take pictures at McGinn's PistachioLand.

Plan trip to Alamogordo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Carlsbad to Alamogordo in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Alamogordo are 94°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Silver City.
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Silver City — 4 nights

Silver City is a town in Grant County, New Mexico, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument (in Gila) and Deming (Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room, &more). There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Gila National Forest, let little ones run wild at Penny Park, identify plant and animal life at WolfHorse Outfitters Day Tours, and contemplate the long history of Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Silver City planning website.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Silver City takes 3 hours. When traveling from Alamogordo in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Silver City: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to fly 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.
Explore Santa Fe's surroundings by going to Cochiti Pueblo (Canyon Trail & Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf Santa Fe, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Silver City to Santa Fe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Taos.
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Taos — 6 nights

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taos: Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire), Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips (in Velarde) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Red River). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, appreciate the history behind Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, don't miss a visit to Taos Plaza, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Philmont Scout Ranch.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Taos trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Santa Fe in July, with highs in Taos at 83°F and lows at 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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.
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