9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Roswell
— 1 day
Drive
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Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
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Roswell

— 1 day
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
On the 5th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, then examine the collection at International UFO Museum and Research Center, and then learn about winemaking at Pecos Flavors Winery.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Roswell trip itinerary planning website.

Austin to Roswell is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Roswell is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Austin in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Roswell, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums · Wineries

Carlsbad

— 2 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. On the 6th (Tue), Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Rattlesnake Springs, and then explore the striking landscape at Giant Dome. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant, then surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Green Lake.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Carlsbad online trip maker.

Drive from Roswell to Carlsbad in 1.5 hours. July in Carlsbad sees daily highs of 97°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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 8th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Taos Drums, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, then don't miss a visit to Taos Pueblo, and finally snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Palisades Sill Official Scenic Historic Marker, then see what you can catch with Turquoise Trout, then get engrossed in the history at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally view the masterpieces at Enchanted Circle Pottery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Taos trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Taos takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In July, Taos is little chillier than Carlsbad - with highs of 83°F and lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, make a trip to Canyon Road, and take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe visit planning tool.

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Santa Fe, with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Albuquerque

— 1 night

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.
On the 13th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
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.