55 days in New Mexico Itinerary

55 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Santa Fe
— 9 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 8 nights
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Nageezi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grants
— 4 nights
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 8 nights
Drive
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Jemez Springs
— 6 nights
Drive
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Roswell
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carlsbad
— 7 nights
Drive
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Alamogordo
— 6 nights
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Santa Fe — 9 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Canyon Trail & Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument) and Chimayo (Santo Nino Chapel & El Santuario de Chimayo). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take a stroll through Canyon Road, and make a trip to Meow Wolf Santa Fe.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip maker site.

Toronto, Canada to Santa Fe is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Toronto in September, expect nights in Santa Fe to be little chillier, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Taos.
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping
Side Trips

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.
Explore Taos' surroundings by going to Hunziger Bowl (in Taos Ski Valley), Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips (in Velarde) and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, make a trip to Taos Pueblo, see the interesting displays at Millicent Rogers Museum, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Taos holiday planning site.

Getting from Santa Fe to Taos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, Taos is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nageezi.
Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Nageezi — 2 nights

Nageezi is a census-designated place in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Pueblo Bonito and then steep yourself in history at Chetro Ketl.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nageezi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Nageezi takes 3 hours. Traveling from Taos in September, expect Nageezi to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Grants.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Grants — 4 nights

Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Grants: Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum (in Pueblo of Acoma) and Ramah (Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary & El Morro National Monument). Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring nature at El Malpais National Monument. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Taylor, examine the collection at New Mexico Mining Museum, and stop by Chaco Canyon Trading Co.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Grants journey maker.

Traveling by car from Nageezi to Grants takes 2 hours. Traveling from Nageezi in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 8°C in Grants. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Albuquerque — 8 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.
Albuquerque is known for historic sites, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum, and take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grants to Albuquerque in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grants in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Jemez Springs.
Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails
Side Trip

Jemez Springs — 6 nights

Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jemez Springs: Cave Loop Trail (in Cochiti Pueblo), San Pedro Parks Wilderness (in Cuba) and Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Plaza Blanca, take a memorable drive along Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway, admire all the interesting features of Jemez Mountain Trail, and take in the natural beauty of Jemez Springs Bath House.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Jemez Springs online tour planner.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Jemez Springs in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Albuquerque, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Jemez Springs, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Roswell.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Side Trips

Roswell — 4 nights

Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Roswell: Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery (in San Patricio) and Spas (in Ruidoso). The adventure continues: examine the collection at International UFO Museum and Research Center, head outdoors with Mescalero Sands North Dune OHV Area, admire the majestic nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Roswell itinerary planner.

Drive from Jemez Springs to Roswell in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Jemez Springs in October, expect nights in Roswell to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carlsbad.
Museums · Shopping · Parks · Spas
Side Trips

Carlsbad — 7 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 (King's Palace, Big Room, &more). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, take a memorable drive along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive, take an in-depth tour of Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Carlsbad trip planner.

Traveling by car from Roswell to Carlsbad takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Carlsbad are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Alamogordo.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip

Alamogordo — 6 nights

Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Explore Alamogordo's surroundings by going to Las Cruces (Veterans Memorial Park & Dripping Springs Natural Area), Cloudcroft (State Route 244 & Trestle Recreation Area) and Runyan Ranches (in Mayhill). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument, hike along Dog Canyon Trail, get to know the fascinating history of New Mexico Rails-to-Trails, and see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Alamogordo trip planner.

You can drive from Carlsbad to Alamogordo in 3 hours. In October in Alamogordo, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Scenic Drive
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.