49 days in New Mexico Itinerary

49 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico route planner
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Albuquerque
— 6 nights
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Truth or Consequences
— 6 nights
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Alamogordo
— 3 nights
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Santa Rosa
— 1 night
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Tucumcari
— 3 nights
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Taos
— 8 nights
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Jemez Springs
— 8 nights
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Santa Fe
— 13 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.
Head to Tinkertown Museum and Turquoise Museumfor plenty of shopping. Appreciate the collections at Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum and Unser Racing Museum. Go for a jaunt from Albuquerque to Grants to see El Malpais National Monument about 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum, trek along La Luz Trail, admire the masterpieces at Albuquerque Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque route planner.

Pittsburgh to Albuquerque is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Pittsburgh to Albuquerque due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Pittsburgh in September, you will find days in Albuquerque are somewhat warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Truth or Consequences.
Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nature
Side Trips

Truth or Consequences — 6 nights

Truth or Consequences is a spa city and the county seat of Sierra County, New Mexico, United States. Let the collections at Geronimo Springs Museum and Deming Luna Mimbres Museum capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Venture out of the city with trips to City of Rocks State Park (in Deming), Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (in San Antonio) and Quebradas Backcountry Byway (in Socorro). There's more to do: take in the natural beauty of Riverbend Hot Springs.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Truth or Consequences tour planner.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Truth or Consequences in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Truth or Consequences can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Alamogordo.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

Alamogordo — 3 nights

Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Heart of the Desert and Osha Trail. Appreciate the collections at White Sands Missle Range Museum and New Mexico Museum of Space History. Venture out of the city with trips to Old Mesilla Village (in Las Cruces) and Basilica San Albino Catholic Church (in Mesilla).

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Alamogordo trip maker.

You can drive from Truth or Consequences to Alamogordo in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in September, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Rosa.
Museums · Historic Sites · Trails · Wineries
Side Trips

Santa Rosa — 1 night

Santa Rosa is a city in and the county seat of Guadalupe County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): examine the collection at Route 66 Auto Museum and then explore the striking landscape at Blue Hole.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santa Rosa vacation planner.

Drive from Alamogordo to Santa Rosa in 3 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Alamogordo in September: high temperatures in Santa Rosa hover around 76°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tucumcari.
Parks · Museums · Nature

Tucumcari — 3 nights

Tucumcari is a city in and the county seat of Quay County, New Mexico, United States. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Russell's Truck and Travel Center and Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory. Step off the beaten path and head to Murals of Tucumcari and New Mexico Route 66 Museum. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Tee Pee Curios.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tucumcari road trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Rosa to Tucumcari in an hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Rosa in September: high temperatures in Tucumcari hover around 87°F and lows are around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Taos.
Museums · Shopping
Side Trip

Taos — 8 nights

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Let the collections at Millicent Rogers Museum and Taos Art Museum capture your imagination. San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church and Fort Union National Monument are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Taos side-trips: Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips (in Velarde), Red River (Goose Lake Trail & Horseback Riding Tours) and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire). There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at Enchanted Circle Pottery, see the interesting displays at La Hacienda del los Martinez, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and explore and take pictures at The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Taos journey maker app.

You can drive from Tucumcari to Taos in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Tucumcari in October, expect Taos to be slightly colder, temps between 65°F and 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Jemez Springs.
Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Parks
Side Trips

Jemez Springs — 8 nights

Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Your inner history buff will appreciate Jemez Historic Site and Pueblo Bonito. Visiting Chaco Culture National Historical Park and Plaza Blanca will get you outdoors. Explore Jemez Springs' surroundings by going to Highway 126 (in Cuba), Abiquiu (Ghost Ranch & Christ of the Desert Monastary) and Cave Loop Trail (in Cochiti Pueblo). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Jemez Mountains, stroll through Valles Caldera National Preserve, admire the majestic nature at Fenton Lake State Park, and take in the natural beauty of Jemez Hot Springs.

Make your Jemez Springs itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Taos to Jemez Springs in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Taos in October, Jemez Springs is a bit warmer at night with lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Side Trips

Santa Fe — 13 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at San Miguel Chapel and Bradbury Science Museum. Head to Santa Fe Farmers Market and Liquid Light Glassfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Puye Cliff Dwellings (in Espanola), El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo) and Los Alamos (Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument, White Rock Overlook Park, &more). Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Pecos National Historical Park. The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, admire the masterpieces at New Mexico Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, and stroll through Randall Davey Audubon Center.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santa Fe tour planning website.

You can drive from Jemez Springs to Santa Fe in 2 hours. While traveling from Jemez Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Fe, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.
Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
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.