17 days in New Mexico Itinerary

17 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Albuquerque
Drive:  4 h
1
Roswell
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Deming
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
5
Taos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
End: Albuquerque

1
night
Roswell

Roswell ©
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Tokay Beaded Art and then cruise along Singing Road.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Roswell tour planning website.

Albuquerque to Roswell is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Roswell are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Singing Road
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International UFO Museum and Research Center ©
Bottomless Lakes State Park ©
Bottomless Lakes State Park
Roswell Museum & Art Center ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Carlsbad Caverns National Park (King's Palace, Big Room, &more). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad online attractions planner.

You can drive from Roswell to Carlsbad in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Carlsbad can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Slaughter Canyon Cave ©
Slaughter Canyon Cave

2
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History, explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument, and then do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along State Route 244, thendon't miss a visit to Giant Alamogordo Landmark, and then delve into the distant past at Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Alamogordo journey planner.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Alamogordo takes 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Alamogordo are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Deming.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Scenic Drive Parks Nature

Side Trips

State Route 244, Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, White Sands National Monument
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New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
New Mexico Museum of Space History
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

1
night
Deming

Deming ©
Deming is a city in Luna County, New Mexico, United States, located 60 miles (97 km) west of Las Cruces and thirty-three miles north of the Mexican border. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, thenlearn about winemaking at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room, and then examine the collection at Basin Range Volcanics Geolapidary Museum Deming.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Deming trip planner.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Deming takes 2.5 hours. October in Deming sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Deming

Museums Wineries
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Deming Luna Mimbres Museum ©
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum
D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room ©
D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Taos to Angel Fire to see Vietnam Veterans Memorial about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, view the masterpieces at Enchanted Circle Pottery, and see the interesting displays at Millicent Rogers Museum.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Taos trip planner.

Drive from Deming to Taos in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Deming in October; daily highs in Taos reach 65°F and lows reach 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Canyon Trail & Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Taos in October, with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Cochiti Pueblo
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Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument ©

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.
Take a break from Albuquerque with a short trip to Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, get interesting insight from Tours, explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, and see the interesting displays at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Albuquerque attractions planner.

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 October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bandelier National Monument, A Park Above
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Balloon Rides

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