55 days in New Mexico & Memphis Itinerary

55 days in New Mexico & Memphis Itinerary

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Albuquerque
— 7 nights
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Santa Fe
— 7 nights
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Taos
— 7 nights
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Jemez Springs
— 5 nights
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Ruidoso
— 6 nights
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Roswell
— 2 nights
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Carlsbad
— 5 nights
Drive to Midland International Airport, Fly to Memphis
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Memphis
— 13 nights
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Albuquerque

— 7 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 Albuquerque's surroundings by going to Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum (in Pueblo of Acoma), Chaco Canyon Trading Co (in Milan) and Laguna Pueblo Mission (in Laguna). The adventure continues: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, grab your bike and head to Tramway Bike Path, let the kids burn off some steam at A Park Above, and explore by horseback at The Stables at Tamaya.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Albuquerque trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Albuquerque is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 17 hours traveling from Melbourne to Albuquerque. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in August; daily highs in Albuquerque reach 36°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Pecos National Historical Park (in Pecos) and Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, visit Canyon Road, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, and make a trip to Meow Wolf Santa Fe.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe road trip website.

Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in August, expect little chillier with lows of 16°C in Santa Fe. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taos: Angel Fire (Vietnam Veterans Memorial & Turquoise Trout), Philmont Scout Ranch (in Cimarron) and Palisades Sill Official Scenic Historic Marker (in Eagle Nest). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Enchanted Circle Pottery, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, explore the activities along Williams Lake, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wheeler Peak Wilderness.

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You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Santa Fe in August, with highs in Taos at 30°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Taos

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Jemez Springs

— 5 nights
Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Jemez Springs: Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos), Nageezi (Chetro Ketl & Pueblo Bonito) and Plaza Blanca (in Abiquiu). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Jemez Mountains, see human ingenuity at work at Soda Dam, look for all kinds of wild species at Valles Caldera National Preserve, and take in the natural beauty of Jemez Hot Springs.

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Traveling by car from Taos to Jemez Springs takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Taos in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Jemez Springs, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ruidoso.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ruidoso

— 6 nights
Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Change things up with these side-trips from Ruidoso: Cloudcroft (State Route 244, New Mexico Rails-to-Trails, &more), St. Joseph Apache Mission Church (in Mescalero) and Alamogordo (Heart of the Desert, Giant Alamogordo Landmark, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument, trot along with a tour on horseback, get a taste of the local shopping with Kenneth Wyatt Galleries, and try your luck at Ruidoso Downs Race Track.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Ruidoso journey planner.

Drive from Jemez Springs to Ruidoso in 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ruidoso are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Roswell.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Roswell

— 2 nights
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): do a tasting at Pecos Flavors Winery, then see the sky in a new way at Roswell Museum & Art Center, then examine the collection at International UFO Museum and Research Center, and finally get in on the family fun at Roswell Space Center. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Singing Road, admire the majestic nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park, explore the galleries of Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico, then explore the world behind art at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, and finally view the masterpieces at Tokay Beaded Art.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read Roswell tour itinerary planning website.

Drive from Ruidoso to Roswell in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ruidoso in September, things will get a bit warmer in Roswell: highs are around 36°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums · Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Carlsbad

— 5 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (King's Palace, Big Room, &more). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, cruise along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive, and stroll around Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad day trip website.

Traveling by car from Roswell to Carlsbad takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Memphis

— 13 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Change things up with these side-trips from Memphis: Thacker Mountain Rail Trail (in Oxford), Tupelo (Vietnam Memorial Replica Wall & Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum) and Park Along the River and Mississippi Arboretum (in New Albany). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, explore the galleries of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, examine the collection at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Memphis Zoo.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Memphis itinerary builder app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Carlsbad to Memphis. Traveling from Carlsbad to Memphis, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. September in Memphis sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

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.