46 days in New Mexico & Tampa Itinerary

46 days in New Mexico & Tampa Itinerary

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Fly to Alamosa, Drive to Taos
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Taos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 6 nights
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 5 nights
Drive
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Deming
— 2 nights
Drive
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Las Cruces
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cloudcroft
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carlsbad
— 5 nights
Drive to Midland International Airport, Fly to Tampa International Airport
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Tampa
— 14 nights
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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 Taos' surroundings by going to Taos Ski Valley (Taos Ski Valley Resort & Al's Run), Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire) and Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area (in Red River). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and don't miss a visit to David Anthony Fine Art.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Taos tour website.

New York City to Taos is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in March: highs in Taos hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, take a stroll through Barrio de Analco, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Taos in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Santa Fe, with lows around 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Albuquerque

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albuquerque: Ojito Wilderness (in San Ysidro), Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) and Pueblo of Santa Ana (in Bernalillo). The adventure continues: learn the secrets of beer at Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals, stroll through Corrales Bosque, examine the collection at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and grab your bike and head to Tramway Bike Path.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque planning tool.

Getting from Santa Fe to Albuquerque by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in March, Albuquerque is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Deming.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Deming

— 2 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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, admire the masterpieces at Deming Arts Center, and then take in the dramatic natural features at City of Rocks State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Basin Range Volcanics Geolapidary Museum Deming, immerse yourself in nature at Rockhound State Park, and then learn about winemaking at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Deming trip planner.

Getting from Albuquerque to Deming by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Albuquerque in March: highs in Deming hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Deming

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wineries

Side Trip

Las Cruces

— 5 nights
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Take a break from Las Cruces with a short trip to Riverbend Hot Springs in Truth or Consequences, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Zuhl Museum, pause for some photo ops at Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, walk around Dripping Springs Natural Area, and take in breathtaking views at Soledad Canyon Day Use Area.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Las Cruces online journey planner.

Drive from Deming to Las Cruces in 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Las Cruces can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cloudcroft.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Cloudcroft

— 3 nights
Cloudcroft is a village in Otero County, New Mexico, and is within the Lincoln National Forest. Get out of town with these interesting Cloudcroft side-trips: Alamogordo (Giant Alamogordo Landmark, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, &more) and Three Rivers Petroglyph Site (in Tularosa). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument, get outside with Bluff Springs, and relax in the rural setting at Nichols Ranch and Orchards.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cloudcroft trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Las Cruces to Cloudcroft takes 2 hours. In March in Cloudcroft, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Cloudcroft

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Carlsbad

— 5 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Bottomless Pit, Big Room, &more). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and admire all the interesting features of Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Carlsbad planning tool.

You can drive from Cloudcroft to Carlsbad in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in March, and nighttime lows around 41°F. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Tampa.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tampa

— 14 nights

Big Guava

Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
Explore Tampa's surroundings by going to Siesta Key (Siesta Beach & Silver City Sarasota), Orlando (Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, &more) and Sarasota (Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Inshore Addict Charters, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, experience rural life at Horse Power for Kids & Animal Sanctuary, examine the collection at The Dali Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Circle B Bar Reserve.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampa attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Carlsbad to Tampa. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Carlsbad in April since evenings lows in Tampa dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampa

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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.