8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Las Cruces
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
— 1 night


Las Cruces — 2 nights

Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Las Cruces side-trips: Deming (Deming Luna Mimbres Museum & D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at White Sands National Monument, look for gifts at Heart of the Desert Pistachios & Wine, stroll around Dripping Springs Natural Area, and admire the local landmark of Plaza de Las Cruces.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Las Cruces online trip maker.

Dallas to Las Cruces is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Las Cruces. Traveling from Dallas in January, expect little chillier with lows of 29°F in Las Cruces. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Albuquerque.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Wineries
Side Trips

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 8th (Sun), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then visit Albuquerque Old Town.

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Traveling by car from Las Cruces to Albuquerque takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Las Cruces in January, you will find days in Albuquerque are a bit cooler (49°F), and nights are about the same (26°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.
Tours · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Santa Fe — 3 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.
Santa Fe is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, make a trip to Meow Wolf Santa Fe, and contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Albuquerque in January; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 44°F and lows reach 20°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Taos.
Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Neighborhoods

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 12th (Thu): make a trip to Taos County Courthouse Murals, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then make a trip to Taos Pueblo, and finally snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Taos trip planner.

Drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Santa Fe in January: high temperatures in Taos hover around 39°F and lows are around 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Spas

New Mexico travel guide

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.