8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Roswell
— Few hours
Bus:  2 h 15 min
2
Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 15 min
3
Taos
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
5
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  6 h 30 min
End: Washington DC

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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.
For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Roswell tour planner .

Washington DC to Roswell is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Roswell due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in October, expect nights in Roswell to be slightly colder, around 48°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): stroll through Alameda Park Zoo, stop by White Sands Trading Company Gift Shop, and then take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Alamogordo online trip builder .

Traveling by bus from Roswell to Alamogordo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Alamogordo can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

White Sands National Monument
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White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
Alameda Park Zoo ©
Alameda Park Zoo
White Sands Trading Company Gift Shop ©

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, then don't miss a visit to Taos Pueblo, then don't miss a visit to Taos Plaza, and finally don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Taos travel route planner.

Drive from Alamogordo to Taos in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Alamogordo in October; daily highs in Taos reach 65°F and lows reach 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum

3
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, make a trip to The Plaza, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Santa Fe trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Santa Fe, with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bandelier National Monument, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

2
nights
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 26th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Santa Fe to Albuquerque by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, Albuquerque is a bit warmer at night with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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