9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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Taos
— 1 night
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Roswell
— 1 night
Drive
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Carlsbad
— 1 night
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 3 nights
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Santa Fe

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): gain insight with Santa Fe Mountain Adventures, then learn something new at Vision Quest Western Horseback Rides & Lessons, and then make a trip to Santa Fe Plaza. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, stroll the grounds of Santa Fe National Cemetery, then admire the masterpieces at San Miguel Chapel, then appreciate the history behind Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road.

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Charleston to Santa Fe is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Charleston to Santa Fe, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charleston in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 52°F in Santa Fe. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

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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 7th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Blumenschein Home & Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Kit Carson Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, then don't miss a visit to Taos Drums, and finally let the river carry you with Big River Raft Trips.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Taos trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Taos, with lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Roswell.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Roswell

Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
On the 8th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Tokay Beaded Art, contemplate the long history of Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico, then head outdoors with Mescalero Sands North Dune OHV Area, and finally admire the majestic nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Roswell tour app.

Getting from Taos to Roswell by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Taos in September, things will get a bit warmer in Roswell: highs are around 87°F and lows about 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

1
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Carlsbad

Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Roswell to Carlsbad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Carlsbad, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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Albuquerque

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Luz Trail and The Stables at Tamaya. Albuquerque Old Town and Albuquerque New Mexico Temple will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Unser Racing Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Sandia Mountains, stroll through Foothills Trails, and pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Albuquerque trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Albuquerque takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Albuquerque can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

New Mexico travel guide

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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.