20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Santa Fe
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Santa Fe
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h
2
Los Alamos
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
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Farmington
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Gallup
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
6
Roswell
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Carlsbad
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
El Paso
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
11
Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
12
Socorro
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
13
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
14
Bernalillo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
15
Cochiti Pueblo
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
End: Santa Fe

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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.
On the 5th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, and finally steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe travel route app.

If you are flying in from Japan, the closest major aiport is Albuquerque International Sunport. In May in Santa Fe, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Alamos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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Los Alamos

Los Alamos ©
Los Alamos is a town in Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States that is recognized as the birthplace of the first atomic bomb––the primary objective of the Manhattan Project by Los Alamos National Laboratory during World War II. On the 6th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Bandelier National Monument and then take some stellar pictures from White Rock Overlook Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Los Alamos trip planning app.

Getting from Santa Fe to Los Alamos by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in May, you will find days in Los Alamos are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Los Alamos

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
White Rock Overlook Park ©
White Rock Overlook Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take a memorable drive along High Road to Taos, take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, then examine the collection at Millicent Rogers Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Taos Pueblo and then make a trip to Taos Plaza.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Taos road trip app.

Traveling by car from Los Alamos to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Los Alamos in May since evenings lows in Taos dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Farmington.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors
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San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

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Farmington

Farmington ©
Farmington ' is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chaco Culture National Historical Park. On the 9th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Farmington day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Taos to Farmington takes 4 hours. In May, Farmington is a bit warmer than Taos - with highs of 27°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gallup.

Things to do in Farmington

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Chaco Culture National Historical Park
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Chaco Culture National Historical Park ©
Chaco Culture National Historical Park

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nights
Gallup

Gallup ©
Gallup is a city in McKinley County, New Mexico, United States, with a population of 21,678 as of the 2010 census. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes El Morro National Monument as well as El Malpais National Monument. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Malpais National Monument. On the next day, walk around Red Rock Park and then explore the striking landscape at El Morro National Monument.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Gallup itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Farmington to Gallup takes 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Gallup when traveling from Farmington in May, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Roswell.

Things to do in Gallup

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, Red Rock Park, El Malpais National Monument, El Morro National Monument
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Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness ©
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness
El Morro National Monument ©
El Morro National Monument
El Malpais National Monument ©
El Malpais National Monument

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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 12th (Tue): cruise along Singing Road and then admire the majestic nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Roswell trip planner.

Getting from Gallup to Roswell by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Gallup in May, expect Roswell to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 13°C. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Roswell

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Singing Road
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Bottomless Lakes State Park ©
Bottomless Lakes State Park

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Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Street Sculptures, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, and then admire the masterpieces at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.

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You can drive from Roswell to Carlsbad in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Street Sculptures
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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park ©
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park
Carlsbad Museum and Art Center ©
Carlsbad Museum and Art Center

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
On the 14th (Thu), Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then Head underground at Big Room. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Giant Dome, take in the dramatic natural features at Hall of The White Giant, then explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of King's Palace.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

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nights
Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park ©
The eponymous range that fills Guadalupe Mountains National Park creates a magnificent break in the barrenness of the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Devil's Hall Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Guadalupe Peak. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Guadalupe Mountains National Park and then explore the stunning scenery at McKittrick Canyon.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Guadalupe Mountains National Park tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Guadalupe Mountains National Park in 2 hours. When traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Guadalupe Mountains National Park: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to El Paso.

Things to do in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Find places to stay May 16 — 18:
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Guadalupe Peak ©
Guadalupe Peak
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
McKittrick Canyon ©
McKittrick Canyon

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El Paso

El Paso ©
On the 18th (Mon), steep yourself in history at San Jacinto Plaza, immerse yourself in nature at Franklin Mountains State Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick Cathedral, and finally take a memorable drive along Scenic Drive - Overlook. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Old Mesilla Village and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at El Paso Zoo.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the El Paso trip planner.

Drive from Guadalupe Mountains National Park to El Paso in 2 hours. While traveling from Guadalupe Mountains National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in El Paso, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Alamogordo.

Things to do in El Paso

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Old Mesilla Village
Find places to stay May 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Franklin Mountains State Park ©
Franklin Mountains State Park
Scenic Drive - Overlook ©
Scenic Drive - Overlook
Old Mesilla Village ©
Old Mesilla Village

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Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, White Sands National Monument and Valley of Fires Recreation Area. On the 20th (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, don't miss a visit to Giant Alamogordo Landmark, and then take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Alamogordo road trip planning tool.

Getting from El Paso to Alamogordo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Alamogordo when traveling from El Paso in May, with lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Thu) before leaving for Socorro.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Nature Parks

Side Trips

White Sands National Monument, Valley of Fires Recreation Area
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Oliver Lee Memorial State Park ©
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park

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Socorro

Socorro ©
Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and then steep yourself in history at Fort Craig National Historic Site.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Socorro day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Socorro takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Socorro

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
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Fort Craig National Historic Site ©
Fort Craig National Historic Site

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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.
On the 22nd (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, and then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and then explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Albuquerque driving holiday website.

You can drive from Socorro to Albuquerque in 1.5 hours. May in Albuquerque sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bernalillo.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument ©
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument

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Bernalillo

Bernalillo
Bernalillo is a town in Sandoval County, New Mexico, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Coronado Historic Site and then hike along Canyon Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bernalillo trip itinerary builder tool.

Bernalillo is very close to Albuquerque. Traveling from Albuquerque in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Bernalillo, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cochiti Pueblo.

Things to do in Bernalillo

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Canyon Trail
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Canyon Trail
Canyon Trail
Coronado Historic Site ©
Coronado Historic Site

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Cochiti Pueblo

Cochiti Pueblo
To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cochiti Pueblo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Bernalillo to Cochiti Pueblo by car takes about an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Cochiti Pueblo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. You'll set off for home on the 24th (Sun).

Things to do in Cochiti Pueblo

Parks Outdoors Nature
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