9 days in New Mexico

Kim Adkins
Make it your trip
Fly
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 1 night
Drive
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Roswell
— 1 night
Drive
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Las Cruces
— 1 night
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 3 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque itinerary maker.

Charleston to Albuquerque is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charleston to Albuquerque. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Santa Fe.
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Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Santa Fe — 1 night

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.
You've added Canyon Road, The Dragon Room Bar, Santa Fe Plaza, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf Santa Fe, then don't miss a visit to Railyard Arts District, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at The Dragon Room Bar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza and then stop by Canyon Road.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Fe, with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Roswell.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nightlife · Nature
Side Trip

Roswell — 1 night

Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fox Cave, Downtown Historic District, Roswell Space Center, and other attractions you added.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Roswell online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Roswell takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Fe in September; daily highs in Roswell reach 87°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Las Cruces.
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Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Las Cruces — 1 night

Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Truth or Consequences Brewing Co., Riverbend Hot Springs and The Zuhl Museum. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): admire the local landmark of Plaza de Las Cruces, then examine the collection at The Zuhl Museum, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Riverbend Hot Springs, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Truth or Consequences Brewing Co..

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Las Cruces road trip planning tool.

Drive from Roswell to Las Cruces in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Albuquerque.
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Nightlife · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature · Parks
Side Trip

Albuquerque — 3 nights

Duke City

Your day by day itinerary now includes New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Get outdoors at Wildlife West Nature Park and Sandia Mountains. Museum-lovers will appreciate Tinkertown Museum and Maxwell Museum of Anthropology. Enjoy Albuquerque some more: stop by Albuquerque Old Town and sample the tasty concoctions at La Cumbre Brewing Company.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Albuquerque trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Las Cruces to Albuquerque in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 13th (Sun).
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Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks
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.
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