11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park and then explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad attractions planning tool .

New York City to Carlsbad is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Carlsbad. Traveling from New York City in June, you will find days in Carlsbad are somewhat warmer (98°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

2
nights
Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Escape the urban bustle at Wild Rivers Recreation Area and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Philmont Scout Ranch and Taos Ski Valley. When in Taos, make a side trip to see Horseback Riding Tours in Red River, approximately 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, view the masterpieces at Rottenstone Pottery, shop like a local with 203 Fine Art, and make a trip to Taos County Courthouse Murals.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Taos online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Taos takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Carlsbad in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Taos, with highs around 83°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Philmont Scout Ranch, Rottenstone Pottery, Taos Ski Valley, Horseback Riding Tours
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Philmont Scout Ranch ©
Philmont Scout Ranch
Taos Ski Valley ©
Taos Ski Valley
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
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 12th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Valles Caldera National Preserve, then explore the striking landscape of Pecos National Historical Park, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. On your second day here, look for gifts at Wind River Trading Company, then take a stroll through Canyon Road, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally learn about winemaking at The Wine Spot.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Taos in June, expect Santa Fe to be somewhat warmer, temps between 89°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Valles Caldera National Preserve, Pecos National Historical Park
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Valles Caldera National Preserve ©
Valles Caldera National Preserve
Pecos National Historical Park ©
Pecos National Historical Park
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
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 14th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Jemez Springs Bath House, then take in the natural beauty of Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs, and then do a tasting at Casa Rondena Winery. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Albuquerque Biological Park.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque day trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 64°F. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Jemez Springs
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Jemez Springs Bath House ©
Jemez Springs Bath House
Casa Rondena Winery ©
Casa Rondena Winery

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