11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico travel route planner

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Fly to Midland International Airport, Drive to Carlsbad
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Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 3 nights
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Carlsbad

— 3 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Big Room, &more). The adventure continues: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park and cruise along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad trip itinerary tool.

Weston to Carlsbad is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Weston to Carlsbad is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Weston in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Carlsbad: highs are around 86°F and lows about 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Taos

— 1 night
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 14th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Taos Pueblo, snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, then take in the exciting artwork at Taos Clay Studio, and finally look for gifts at Enchanted Circle Pottery.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Taos road trip tool.

You can drive from Carlsbad to Taos in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In September, Taos is a bit cooler than Carlsbad - with highs of 76°F and lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, visit Canyon Road, relax and rejuvenate at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, and see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe day trip app.

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Taos in September since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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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.
On the 18th (Sat), see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: sample some tasty brews at Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals and then take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Albuquerque day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 60°F. On the 20th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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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.