9 days in New Mexico & El Paso Itinerary

9 days in New Mexico & El Paso Itinerary

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9 days in New Mexico & El Paso Itinerary

Start: Albuquerque
bus:  6​h
1
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Taos
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
El Paso
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
End: Albuquerque

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Loretto Chapel, Kakawa Chocolate House, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, and other attractions. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Canyon Road and Bandelier National Monument. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with The Plaza.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Santa Fe sightseeing planner.

Albuquerque to Santa Fe is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a shuttle. Expect slightly colder evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Albuquerque in September, with lows around 50°F. On the 15th (Fri), you're off toTaos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pecos National Historical Park, Bandelier National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument

1
night
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 15th (Fri): take a stroll through Taos Pueblo, snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, and finally cruise along High Road to Taos.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Taos holiday planner.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, Taos is slightly colder at night with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

1
night
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes McGinn's PistachioLand as well as White Sands National Monument.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Alamogordo online itinerary creator.

You can 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 shuttle, bus, and car. Traveling from Taos in September, expect Alamogordo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 86°F and 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sun) before leaving for Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

New Mexico Rails-to-Trails, Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, White Sands National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
Heart of the Desert ©
Heart of the Desert
White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument

1
night
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes King's Palace as well as Guadalupe Peak.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Carlsbad Caverns National Park custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to El Paso.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Guadalupe Peak
Highlights from your plan
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Guadalupe Peak ©
Guadalupe Peak

few
hours
El Paso

El Paso ©
El Paso is a city in and the seat of El Paso County, Texas, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Old Mesilla Village as well as The Plaza Theatre.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the El Paso itinerary builder.

You can drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to El Paso in 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in El Paso can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in El Paso

Historic Sites Nightlife Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Old Mesilla Village
Highlights from your plan
Old Mesilla Village ©
Old Mesilla Village
National Border Patrol Museum ©
National Border Patrol Museum
Scenic Drive - Overlook ©
Scenic Drive - Overlook

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Albuquerque Old Town as well as ABQ Trolley Co.. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): gain a rich perspective with ABQ Trolley Co. and then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from El Paso to Albuquerque in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from El Paso in September, expect Albuquerque to be slightly colder, temps between 83°F and 60°F. On the 20th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
ABQ Trolley Co. ©
ABQ Trolley Co.

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