8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Albuquerque
— 1 day
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
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Albuquerque

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

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San Francisco to Albuquerque is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Francisco to Albuquerque, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in July; daily highs in Albuquerque reach 91°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Outdoors · Tours · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Santa Fe

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument.

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You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 60°F in Santa Fe. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Taos

— 2 nights
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 6th (Tue): take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, see what you can catch with Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips, and then don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Enchanted Circle Pottery, then explore the world behind art at Taos Art Museum, and then make a trip to Taos Pueblo.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Taos trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Santa Fe to Taos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, Taos is slightly colder than Santa Fe - with highs of 83°F and lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Alamogordo

— 1 night
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of White Sands National Monument.

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Drive from Taos to Alamogordo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Taos in July; daily highs in Alamogordo reach 94°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

— 2 nights
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.
On the 9th (Fri), Head underground at Big Room, get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, then Head underground at Slaughter Canyon Cave, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Hall of The White Giant. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail, then explore the striking landscape at Giant Dome, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

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You can drive from Alamogordo to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 4.5 hours. In July in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, expect temperatures between 97°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.