42 days in New Mexico Itinerary

42 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico tour planner
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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Roswell
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Roswell
— 3 nights
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Carlsbad
— 5 nights
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Ruidoso
— 4 nights
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Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Las Cruces
— 4 nights
Drive
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Truth or Consequences
— 2 nights
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 6 nights
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Jemez Springs
— 3 nights
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Taos
— 5 nights
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Santa Fe
— 6 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Exeter

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Roswell — 3 nights

Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Roswell is known for museums, shopping, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at International UFO Museum and Research Center, identify plant and animal life at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, admire the majestic nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park, and do a tasting at Pecos Flavors Winery.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Roswell online trip planner.

Exeter, UK to Roswell is an approximately 21-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 7 hours. In September, daytime highs in Roswell are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carlsbad.
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Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Carlsbad — 5 nights

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 (Rattlesnake Springs, Bottomless Pit, &more). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, get engrossed in the history at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take a memorable drive along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Carlsbad trip planner.

Drive from Roswell to Carlsbad in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Carlsbad can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ruidoso.
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Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip

Ruidoso — 4 nights

Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ruidoso: Runyan Ranches (in Mayhill) and Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (in San Antonio). There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Lincoln National Forest, steep yourself in history at Fort Stanton Historical Site, take in the exciting artwork at Kenneth Wyatt Galleries, and trek along Grindstone Lake Trail.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ruidoso trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Carlsbad to Ruidoso by car takes about 3 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Carlsbad in September, with highs in Ruidoso at 26°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Alamogordo.
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Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping
Side Trips

Alamogordo — 2 nights

Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): learn about winemaking at McGinn's PistachioLand, stroll through White Sands National Monument, and then learn about winemaking at Heart of the Desert. On the next day, stroll through Trestle Recreation Area, take a memorable drive along State Route 244, and then stroll through Osha Trail.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Alamogordo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ruidoso to Alamogordo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ruidoso in September: high temperatures in Alamogordo hover around 34°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Las Cruces.
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Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wineries
Side Trips

Las Cruces — 4 nights

Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Las Cruces: Deming (Deming Luna Mimbres Museum & Basin Range Volcanics Geolapidary Museum Deming). The adventure continues: walk around Dripping Springs Natural Area, examine the collection at The Zuhl Museum, stop by Mesilla Book Center, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tortugas Mountain.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Las Cruces vacation planner.

Drive from Alamogordo to Las Cruces in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Las Cruces sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Truth or Consequences.
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Truth or Consequences — 2 nights

Truth or Consequences is a spa city and the county seat of Sierra County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Geronimo Springs Museum, see the interesting displays at Pioneer Store Museum, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Chloride. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): see what you can catch with Land of Enchantment Fishing Adventures and then take in the natural beauty of Riverbend Hot Springs.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Truth or Consequences tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Las Cruces to Truth or Consequences takes 1.5 hours. September in Truth or Consequences sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Albuquerque.
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Museums · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trips

Albuquerque — 6 nights

Duke City

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum (in Pueblo of Acoma) and Mount Taylor (in Grants). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, sample some tasty brews at Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals, and see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Albuquerque day trip planning tool.

Getting from Truth or Consequences to Albuquerque by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Albuquerque are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Jemez Springs.
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Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Jemez Springs — 3 nights

Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Explore Jemez Springs' surroundings by going to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo), Abiquiu (Ghost Ranch & Plaza Blanca) and Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Jemez Mountains, witness a stunning natural landmark at Jemez Springs Bath House, cruise along Jemez Mountain Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Valles Caldera National Preserve.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Jemez Springs day trip site.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Jemez Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Albuquerque in October, expect nights in Jemez Springs to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Taos.
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Parks · Nature · Museums · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taos: Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips (in Velarde), Philmont Scout Ranch (in Cimarron) and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire). The adventure continues: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, and delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Taos route planning site.

Getting from Jemez Springs to Taos by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Taos when traveling from Jemez Springs in October, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
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Santa Fe — 6 nights

City Different

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Canyon Trail (in Cochiti Pueblo) and El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, get a sense of history and politics at New Mexico Legislature, appreciate the history behind New Mexico History Museum, and contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Santa Fe, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
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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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