8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Artesia
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Detroit

3
nights
Artesia

Artesia ©
Artesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. Explore Artesia's surroundings by going to Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Big Room, & more).

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Artesia trip itinerary builder .

Detroit to Artesia is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Detroit to Artesia, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Detroit in June: highs in Artesia hover around 95°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Artesia

Nature Parks Tours

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

2
nights
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 1st (Wed): trot along with a tour on horseback, trek along Hunziger Bowl, and then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, then view the masterpieces at 203 Fine Art, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Taos route maker tool .

Traveling by car from Artesia to Taos takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Artesia in June, plan for little chillier days in Taos, with highs around 83°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Horseback Riding Tours, Hunziger Bowl, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Horseback Riding Tours
Wild Rivers Recreation Area ©
Wild Rivers Recreation Area
Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Albuquerque Biological Park, then get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at ABQ BioPark Zoo and then examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip planner .

You can drive from Taos to Albuquerque in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, Albuquerque is somewhat warmer than Taos - with highs of 91°F and lows of 67°F. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Zoos & Aquariums Museums Parks
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ABQ BioPark Zoo ©
ABQ BioPark Zoo
Albuquerque Biological Park ©
Albuquerque Biological Park

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