21 days in New Mexico Itinerary

21 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Albuquerque
1
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
2
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Cimarron
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Farmington
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 15 min
6
Roswell
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
7
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
9
Deming
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
10
Jemez Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
End: Albuquerque

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Petroglyph National Monument and Balloon Rides. Get some cultural insight at Albuquerque Old Town and Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque. Take a break from Albuquerque with a short trip to Singing Road in Tijeras, about 4h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, engage your brain at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, buy something for everyone on your list at Cottonwood Mall, and get to know the resident critters at ABQ BioPark Zoo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Albuquerque trip itinerary maker website.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Albuquerque. In August in Albuquerque, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bernalillo, Singing Road, Sandia Mountains
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Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Balloon Rides

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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.
Get outdoors at Bandelier National Monument and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Get a sense of the local culture at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring nature at Hyde Memorial State Park. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, examine the collection at Palace of the Governors, stop by Kakawa Chocolate House, and don't miss a visit to 109 East Palace.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Fe, with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cimarron.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Bandelier National Monument
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Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument

1
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Cimarron

Cimarron ©
Cimarron is a village in Colfax County, New Mexico, United States which sits on the eastern slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. On the 28th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Aztec Mill, identify plant and animal life at Philmont Scout Ranch, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cimarron day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Cimarron takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Fe in August, expect Cimarron to be a bit cooler, temps between 71°F and 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Cimarron

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Philmont Scout Ranch ©
Philmont Scout Ranch
Aztec Mill ©
Aztec Mill

2
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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.
On the 29th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Taos Plaza, delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo, admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, and finally get your game on at All is Well LC. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals, then identify plant and animal life at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, then take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and finally cruise along High Road to Taos.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Taos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cimarron to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Cimarron in August, with highs in Taos at 79°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Farmington.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church

1
night
Farmington

Farmington ©
Farmington ' is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): examine the collection at B-Square Ranch, explore the ancient world of Salmon Ruins, and then immerse yourself in nature at Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Farmington online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Taos to Farmington takes 4 hours. Traveling from Taos in August, expect Farmington to be a bit warmer, temps between 88°F and 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Roswell.

Things to do in Farmington

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness ©
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness
Salmon Ruins ©
Salmon Ruins

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day
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 1st (Sat): find something for the whole family at Roswell Space Center, learn about winemaking at Pecos Flavors Winery, stop by Alien Zone Area 51, then see the interesting displays at International UFO Museum and Research Center, and finally visit Downtown Historic District.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Roswell trip planner.

Getting from Farmington to Roswell by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Farmington in September since evenings lows in Roswell dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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International UFO Museum and Research Center ©
Pecos Flavors Winery ©
Pecos Flavors Winery
Roswell Space Center ©
Roswell Space Center

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Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Big Room, Hall of The White Giant, &more).

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad trip maker tool.

Getting from Roswell to Carlsbad by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Carlsbad are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to 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
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand, look for gifts at White Sands Trading Company Gift Shop, then stroll through White Sands National Monument, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Alamogordo attractions planner.

Drive from Carlsbad to Alamogordo in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in September, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Deming.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

White Sands National Monument
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Oliver Lee Memorial State Park ©
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
White Sands Trading Company Gift Shop ©
White Sands Trading Company Gift Shop

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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 6th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Luna Rossa Winery, then get lost in a book at Marshall Memorial Library, then take an in-depth tour of Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Deming Arts Center.

For photos and other tourist information, go to the Deming trip planner.

Getting from Alamogordo to Deming by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Deming

Museums Wineries
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Deming Luna Mimbres Museum ©
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum
Luna Rossa Winery ©
Luna Rossa Winery
Deming Arts Center ©
Deming Arts Center

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Jemez Springs

Jemez Springs ©
Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. On the 7th (Fri), contemplate the geological forces at Jemez Mountains, then look for all kinds of wild species at Valles Caldera National Preserve, and then take in the natural beauty of Jemez Springs Bath House. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe: Welcome Center, relax in the rural setting at Purple Adobe Lavender Farm, then admire the masterpieces at Ghost Ranch, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christ of the Desert Monastary.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Jemez Springs online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Deming to Jemez Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Deming in September; daily highs in Jemez Springs reach 74°F and lows reach 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Abiquiu
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Valles Caldera National Preserve ©
Valles Caldera National Preserve
Ghost Ranch ©
Ghost Ranch
Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs ©

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