7 days in New Mexico Itinerary

7 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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7 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
1
White Sands
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  6​h
3
Taos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Santa Fe
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
5
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Austin

1
night
White Sands

White Sands ©
White Sands is a census-designated place (CDP) in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take some stellar pictures from San Agustin Pass. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Sombra Antigua Winery and then explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the White Sands trip builder tool .

Austin to White Sands is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Austin to White Sands due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in White Sands

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trips

San Agustin Pass, Sombra Antigua Winery
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White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
Sombra Antigua Winery ©
Sombra Antigua Winery
San Agustin Pass ©
San Agustin Pass

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night
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
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 25th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room, surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of King's Palace.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip website .

Getting from White Sands to Carlsbad Caverns National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. In May in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Tours
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Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

1
night
Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, look for gifts at Twirl, then take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and finally explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Taos travel planner.

Getting from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Taos by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in May: high temperatures in Taos hover around 67°F and lows are around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites Shopping
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Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Twirl ©
Twirl
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

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night
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.
On the 27th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, don't miss a visit to Santa Fe Plaza, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Taos in May, with highs in Santa Fe at 73°F and lows at 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

2
nights
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.
On the 28th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, and then engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, then get to know the resident critters at ABQ BioPark Zoo, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Albuquerque Biological Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque day trip tool .

You can take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in May, Albuquerque is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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ABQ BioPark Zoo ©
ABQ BioPark Zoo
Albuquerque Biological Park ©
Albuquerque Biological Park

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