17 days in New Mexico Itinerary

17 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Albuquerque
Drive:  3 h
1
Lincoln
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Artesia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Truth or Consequences
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Taos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
7
Albuquerque
— 4 nights
End: Albuquerque

1
night
Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Lincoln is an unincorporated community in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, located approximately 57 miles (92 km) west of Roswell (by road) and just south of the Lincoln National Forest. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Roswell Museum & Art Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lincoln trip itinerary planning site.

Albuquerque to Lincoln is an approximately 3- hour car ride. Traveling from Albuquerque in September, expect Lincoln to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Artesia.

Things to do in Lincoln

Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Fort Stanton Museum, Roswell Museum & Art Center
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Fort Stanton Museum ©
Fort Stanton Museum
Roswell Museum & Art Center ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center

1
night
Artesia

Artesia ©
Artesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Artesia trip planner.

Getting from Lincoln to Artesia by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Lincoln in September, things will get a bit warmer in Artesia: highs are around 86°F and lows about 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Artesia

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

1
night
Alamogordo

Alamogordo
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Alamogordo driving holiday website.

You can drive from Artesia to Alamogordo in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Truth or Consequences.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Nature Parks

Side Trip

White Sands National Monument
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2
nights
Truth or Consequences

Truth or Consequences ©
Truth or Consequences is a spa city and the county seat of Sierra County, New Mexico, United States. Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument has been added to your itinerary.

Plan trip to Truth or Consequences with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Alamogordo to Truth or Consequences by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October in Truth or Consequences, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Truth or Consequences

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
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Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument ©
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

4
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.
You've added Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic House, Millicent Rogers Museum, High Road to Taos, and other attractions to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Goose Lake Trail and Columbine Campground. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church and Taos Pueblo. Step out of Taos with an excursion to Mallette Park Nature Trail in Red River--about 48 minutes away.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Taos road trip planning tool.

Getting from Truth or Consequences to Taos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Truth or Consequences in October: high temperatures in Taos hover around 65°F and lows are around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Red River, Taos County, Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
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Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad ©
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

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've added Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, ten thousand waves, Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway, and other attractions to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at San Miguel Chapel and Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Palace of the Governors and Jemez Mountains. When in Santa Fe, make a side trip to see Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos, approximately Los Alamos away. It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of El Rancho de las Golondrinas and view the masterpieces at Mama's Minerals.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe route planner.

Drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in October, Santa Fe is a bit warmer at night with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Jemez Springs, Bradbury Science Museum, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Palace of the Governors ©
Palace of the Governors
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
El Rancho de las Golondrinas ©
El Rancho de las Golondrinas

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bandelier National Monument. Visiting La Ventana Natural Arch and Sandia Crest Byway will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Albuquerque Old Town and Coronado Historic Site are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: browse for treasures at Tinkertown Museum, learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, and hike along Sandia Mountains.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Albuquerque travel planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Albuquerque by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 48°F. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sandia Park, Sandia Mountains, Bandelier National Monument, La Ventana Natural Arch, Coronado Historic Site
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 14:
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Coronado Historic Site ©
Coronado Historic Site
Tinkertown Museum ©
Tinkertown Museum
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town

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