6 days in Odessa & New Mexico Itinerary

6 days in Odessa & New Mexico Itinerary

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6 days in Odessa & New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  4​h
1
Odessa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Roswell
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive:  15​h 15​min
End: Houston

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Odessa

Odessa ©
Odessa is a city in and the county seat of Ector County, Texas, United States. On the 20th (Mon), browse the collection at Presidential Archives and Leadership Library and then buy something for everyone on your list at Music City Mall.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Odessa road trip app .

Houston to Odessa is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Houston in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Odessa, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Roswell.

Things to do in Odessa

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Side Trip

Midland
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Ellen Noel Art Museum ©
Ellen Noel Art Museum

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Roswell

Roswell ©
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 22nd (Wed): get curious at Roswell Space Center, look for gifts at Alien Zone Area 51, identify plant and animal life at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, explore the world behind art at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, then steep yourself in history at Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico, and finally view the masterpieces at Tokay Beaded Art.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Roswell online travel route builder .

Traveling by car from Odessa to Roswell takes 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Odessa to Roswell. Traveling from Odessa in May, plan for little chillier nights in Roswell, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife
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Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): do a tasting at Estrella Del Norte Vineyard & Tasting Room, get a taste of the local shopping with Keshi, view the masterpieces at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, examine the collection at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, then examine the collection at Palace of the Governors, and finally see the interesting displays at The Harrell House Bug Museum.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Roswell to Santa Fe by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. In May, Santa Fe is a bit cooler than Roswell - with highs of 73°F and lows of 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Keshi ©
Keshi
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
Palace of the Governors ©
Palace of the Governors

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Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stop by Skip Maisel's, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tingley Beach, walk around A Park Above, then contemplate the long history of Coronado Historic Site, then explore by horseback at The Stables at Tamaya, and finally learn about winemaking at Casa Rondena Winery.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque online day trip planner .

Take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Fe in May since evenings lows in Albuquerque dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

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Side Trips

A Park Above, Coronado Historic Site, The Stables at Tamaya
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Tingley Beach ©
Tingley Beach
Coronado Historic Site ©
Coronado Historic Site
Casa Rondena Winery ©
Casa Rondena Winery

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