6 days in New Mexico Itinerary

6 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Taos
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 1 night
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive
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Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
Fly

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Taos

— 1 night
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, then examine the collection at La Hacienda del los Martinez, then explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, and finally take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Taos travel route planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Taos. In September in Taos, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Museums · Historic Sites

Santa Fe

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Santa Fe, with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Albuquerque

— 1 night

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.
On the 7th (Tue), look for gifts at The Candy Lady, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then take a stroll through Albuquerque Old Town.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Albuquerque day trip planner.

Drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Alamogordo

— 1 night
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): examine the collection at New Mexico Museum of Space History, then examine the collection at Toy Train Depot, then learn about winemaking at McGinn's PistachioLand, and finally learn about winemaking at Heart of the Desert.

To find ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Alamogordo trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Alamogordo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Alamogordo can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Museums · Wineries · Shopping

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

— 1 night
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): Head underground at Big Room, Head underground at King's Palace, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hall of The White Giant, and finally identify plant and animal life at Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour. On your second day here, explore the activities along Rattlesnake Springs and then Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park travel route planning website.

You can drive from Alamogordo to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.