8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Rochester
bus + Fly:  8​h
1
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Rochester

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Santa Fe trip planner.

Rochester to Santa Fe is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rochester to Santa Fe. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Spas Shopping

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Nedra Matteucci Galleries ©
Nedra Matteucci Galleries
Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens ©
Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens

2
nights
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 13th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then don't miss a visit to Palisades Sill Official Scenic Historic Marker, then identify plant and animal life at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, and finally take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Mallette Park Nature Trail, then hike along Middlefork Lake, and then stop by Francesca's Clothing Boutique.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Taos itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Santa Fe in September since evenings lows in Taos dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Red River, Palisades Sill Official Scenic Historic Marker, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Francesca's Clothing Boutique
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Wild Rivers Recreation Area ©
Wild Rivers Recreation Area

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Big Room, & more).

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad visit app .

You can drive from Taos to Carlsbad in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Taos in September, expect Carlsbad to be somewhat warmer, temps between 86°F and 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

1
night
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 18th (Wed), get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque and then examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip builder app .

You can drive from Carlsbad to Albuquerque in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. September in Albuquerque sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Childrens Museums

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