49 days in New Mexico Itinerary

49 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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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
— 5 nights
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Alamogordo
— 4 nights
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Las Cruces
— 5 nights
Drive
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Truth or Consequences
— 2 nights
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Albuquerque
— 6 nights
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Jemez Springs
— 5 nights
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Taos
— 6 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, learn about winemaking at Pecos Flavors Winery, take an in-depth tour of Roswell Museum, and immerse yourself in nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Roswell route planning tool.

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. Traveling from Exeter to Roswell, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carlsbad.
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Museums · Parks · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Carlsbad — 5 nights

Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Carlsbad side-trips: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Rattlesnake Springs, Bottomless Pit, &more). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, stroll around Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area, get to know the resident critters at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, and explore and take pictures at Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carlsbad travel route planner.

You can drive from Roswell to Carlsbad in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Ruidoso.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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Ruidoso — 5 nights

Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ruidoso: Carrizozo (Valley of Fires Recreation Area & Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography), Lincoln State Monument (in Lincoln) and Hondo Iris Farm and Gallery (in Hondo). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll around Smokey Bear Historical Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Seeping Springs Trout Lakes and RV Park, and contemplate the long history of Fort Stanton Historical Site.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ruidoso road trip planning website.

Drive from Carlsbad to Ruidoso in 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 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Alamogordo.
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Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature
Side Trips

Alamogordo — 4 nights

Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Runyan Ranches (in Mayhill) and Cloudcroft (Trestle Recreation Area, State Route 244, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument, appreciate the extensive heritage of New Mexico Rails-to-Trails, don't miss a visit to Giant Alamogordo Landmark, and do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Alamogordo tour planner.

Getting from Ruidoso to Alamogordo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Ruidoso in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Alamogordo: highs are around 34°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Las Cruces.
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Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Trails
Side Trips

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. Venture out of the city with trips to Deming (Deming Luna Mimbres Museum & Deming Arts Center). There's lots more to do: stroll around Dripping Springs Natural Area, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tortugas Mountain, look for gifts at COAS Books, and appreciate the history behind Recycled Roadrunner Sculpture.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Las Cruces holiday builder site.

You can drive from Alamogordo to Las Cruces in 1.5 hours. Another option is to 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 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Truth or Consequences.
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Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Side Trip

Truth or Consequences — 2 nights

Truth or Consequences is a spa city and the county seat of Sierra County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Riverbend Hot Springs and then get a new perspective on things with Land of Enchantment Fishing Adventures. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Geronimo Springs Museum, then examine the collection at Pioneer Store Museum, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Chloride.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Truth or Consequences online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Las Cruces to Truth or Consequences takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Albuquerque.
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Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albuquerque: Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum (in Pueblo of Acoma) and Mount Taylor (in Grants). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum, and examine the collection at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Albuquerque online road trip planner.

Getting from Truth or Consequences to Albuquerque by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Albuquerque can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Jemez Springs.
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Jemez Springs — 5 nights

Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jemez Springs: Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos), Abiquiu (Ghost Ranch & Plaza Blanca) and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo). Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Chaco Culture National Historical Park. There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Jemez Mountains, witness a stunning natural landmark at Jemez Hot Springs, explore the striking landscape at Soda Dam, and soothe aching muscles at Jemez Springs Bath House.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Jemez Springs using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Jemez Springs takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Albuquerque in October, expect nights in Jemez Springs to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Taos.
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Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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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: La Chiripada Winery (in Dixon), Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire) and Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips (in Velarde). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, hike along Hunziger Bowl, and don't miss a visit to Taos Pueblo.

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

You can drive from Jemez Springs to Taos in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Jemez Springs in October, Taos is slightly colder at night with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Santa Fe.
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Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours
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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.
Take a break from Santa Fe with a short trip to Canyon Trail in Cochiti Pueblo, about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, ponder the world of politics at New Mexico Legislature, steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, and examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Santa Fe trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 5°C in Santa Fe. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks
Side Trip

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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