43 days in New Mexico Itinerary

43 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico travel route planner
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Albuquerque
— 6 nights
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San Antonio
— 1 night
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Alamogordo
— 4 nights
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Las Cruces
— 4 nights
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Deming
— 3 nights
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Gila
— 2 nights
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Grants
— 3 nights
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Nageezi
— 2 nights
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Taos
— 7 nights
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Santa Fe
— 7 nights
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Tucumcari
— 3 nights
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Albuquerque — 6 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.
Let the collections at Albuquerque Museum and National Radio Astronomy Observatory capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society and Coronado Historic Site. Explore Albuquerque's surroundings by going to Jemez Springs (Jemez Springs Bath House & Jemez Hot Springs). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Unser Racing Museum, wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, and explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Albuquerque vacation planning website.

Washington DC to Albuquerque is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Albuquerque are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Antonio.
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San Antonio — 1 night

San Antonio is an unincorporated community in Socorro County, New Mexico, United States, roughly in the center of the state, on the Rio Grande. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): contemplate the long history of White Sands Missile Range Trinity Site and then stroll through Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Antonio tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. January in San Antonio sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 26°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Alamogordo.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Alamogordo — 4 nights

Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Get outdoors at Osha Trail and White Sands National Monument. Get a sense of the local culture at Three Rivers Petroglyph Site and New Mexico Museum of Space History. Change things up with a short trip to Valley of Fires Recreation Area in Carrizozo (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at White Sands Missle Range Museum, stop by McGinn's PistachioLand, admire the majestic nature at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, and learn about winemaking at Heart of the Desert.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Alamogordo trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Alamogordo takes 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Las Cruces.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Wineries
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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Mesilla Village and Basilica San Albino Catholic Church. Visiting Lincoln National Forest and Riverbend Hot Springs will get you outdoors. Step out of Las Cruces with an excursion to Geronimo Springs Museum in Truth or Consequences--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, examine the collection at The Zuhl Museum, and appreciate the history behind Recycled Roadrunner Sculpture.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Las Cruces trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Las Cruces takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Las Cruces can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Deming.
Museums · Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
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Deming — 3 nights

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. Museum-lovers will appreciate Deming Luna Mimbres Museum and Silver City Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room and Deming Arts Center. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at City of Rocks State Park and immerse yourself in nature at Rockhound State Park.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Deming road trip planning app.

You can drive from Las Cruces to Deming in 1.5 hours. February in Deming sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gila.
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Gila — 2 nights

Gila is a census-designated place in Grant County, New Mexico, United States. On the 10th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Gila Wilderness Area and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): trek along Catwalk Trail.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Gila online trip planner.

Getting from Deming to Gila by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Deming in February, plan for little chillier days in Gila, with highs around 60°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Grants.
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Grants — 3 nights

Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at El Morro National Monument and New Mexico Mining Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like El Malpais National Monument and Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Grants tour itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Gila to Grants in 4 hours. Traveling from Gila in February, things will get a bit cooler in Grants: highs are around 53°F and lows about 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nageezi.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Nageezi — 2 nights

Nageezi is a census-designated place in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. On the 15th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Chetro Ketl and then explore the ancient world of Pueblo Bonito.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nageezi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grants to Nageezi takes 2 hours. Traveling from Grants in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°F in Nageezi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Taos.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Taos — 7 nights

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Take a break from the city and head to Taos Ski Valley Resort and Philmont Scout Ranch. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Union National Monument and San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church. Get out of town with these interesting Taos side-trips: La Chiripada Winery (in Dixon), Al's Run (in Taos Ski Valley) and San Jose de Gracia Church (in Trampas). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, view the masterpieces at Enchanted Circle Pottery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Taos online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Nageezi to Taos by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Nageezi in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°F in Taos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Fe.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
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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.
Appreciate the collections at San Miguel Chapel and Bradbury Science Museum. Get in touch with nature at Ski Santa Fe and Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument. Go for a jaunt from Santa Fe to Chimayo to see El Santuario de Chimayo about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Palace of the Governors, admire the masterpieces at New Mexico Museum of Art, take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, and browse the exhibits of Shidoni Galleries.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Taos in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Santa Fe, with lows of 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Tucumcari.
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Tucumcari — 3 nights

Tucumcari is a city in and the county seat of Quay County, New Mexico, United States. On the 3rd (Thu), see the interesting displays at New Mexico Route 66 Museum and then see the interesting displays at Russell's Truck and Travel Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Billy the Kid Museum and then take in the dramatic natural features at Blue Hole.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tucumcari trip planner.

Drive from Santa Fe to Tucumcari in 3 hours. Traveling from Santa Fe in March, expect Tucumcari to be a bit warmer, temps between 69°F and 36°F. You'll set off for home on the 5th (Sat).
Museums · Nature · 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.