15 days in New Mexico Itinerary

15 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico travel route planner
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Albuquerque
— 3 nights
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Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
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Albuquerque — 3 nights

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.
Albuquerque is known for historic sites, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, and don't miss a visit to New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip planner.

New York City to Albuquerque is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Albuquerque, with lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Alamogordo.
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Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Alamogordo — 2 nights

Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): cruise along State Route 244, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Apache Mission Church, and then make a trip to Three Rivers Petroglyph Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): learn about winemaking at McGinn's PistachioLand, stroll through White Sands National Monument, and then admire the majestic nature at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Alamogordo travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Alamogordo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Alamogordo can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Carlsbad.
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Carlsbad — 3 nights

Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Giant Dome, Big Room, &more). It doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and take in the exciting artwork at The Artist Gallery.

Discover how to plan a Carlsbad trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Alamogordo to Carlsbad by car takes about 3 hours. October in Carlsbad sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Taos.
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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 31st (Mon): take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Rivers Recreation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo, take a memorable tour with Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips, and then make a trip to Taos County Courthouse Murals.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Taos trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Taos takes 6 hours. Traveling from Carlsbad in October, things will get a bit cooler in Taos: highs are around 65°F and lows about 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.
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Santa Fe — 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, appreciate the history behind New Mexico History Museum, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe journey planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 29°F in Santa Fe. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
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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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