30 days in New Mexico Itinerary

30 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Albuquerque
— 4 nights
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Jemez Springs
— 4 nights
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Taos
— 4 nights
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Santa Fe
— 5 nights
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San Antonio
— 1 night
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Truth or Consequences
— 1 night
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Deming
— 2 nights
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Las Cruces
— 3 nights
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Carlsbad
— 5 nights
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Albuquerque

— 4 nights

Duke City

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to National Radio Astronomy Observatory and Explora Science Center and Children's Museum. Step out of Albuquerque with an excursion to Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum in Pueblo of Acoma--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Albuquerque Old Town, get to know the resident critters at ABQ BioPark Zoo, get engrossed in the history at Albuquerque Museum, and make a trip to New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip planning app.

New York City to Albuquerque is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Albuquerque is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from New York City in November, with lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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Jemez Springs

— 4 nights
Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chaco Culture National Historical Park and Ghost Ranch. Venture out of the city with trips to Plaza Blanca (in Abiquiu) and Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Jemez Historic Site, witness a stunning natural landmark at Jemez Hot Springs, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Valles Caldera National Preserve.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Jemez Springs trip planner.

Drive from Albuquerque to Jemez Springs in 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Albuquerque in November: highs in Jemez Springs hover around 50°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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Taos

— 4 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Millicent Rogers Museum and San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church. When in Taos, make a side trip to see La Chiripada Winery in Dixon, approximately Dixon away. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, admire the masterpieces at Taos Art Museum, and look for gifts at Twirl.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Taos online trip builder.

Getting from Jemez Springs to Taos by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Jemez Springs in November, Taos is a bit cooler at night with lows of 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

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Santa Fe

— 5 nights

City Different

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Canyon Trail and San Miguel Chapel. Change things up with a short trip to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in Cochiti Pueblo (about 52 minutes away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf Santa Fe, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe online road trip planner.

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 29°F in Santa Fe. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

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San Antonio

— 1 night
San Antonio is an unincorporated community in Socorro County, New Mexico, United States, roughly in the center of the state, on the Rio Grande. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate the long history of White Sands Missile Range Trinity Site and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to San Antonio by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Fe in November; daily highs in San Antonio reach 62°F and lows reach 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Truth or Consequences.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Truth or Consequences

— 1 night
Truth or Consequences is a spa city and the county seat of Sierra County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Geronimo Springs Museum and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Riverbend Hot Springs.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Truth or Consequences trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Truth or Consequences takes an hour. In November, daytime highs in Truth or Consequences are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Deming.

Things to do in Truth or Consequences

Parks · Nature · Museums
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Deming

— 2 nights
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. On the 22nd (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Rockhound State Park and then explore the striking landscape at City of Rocks State Park. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Deming Luna Mimbres Museum and then do a tasting at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Deming online vacation planner.

You can drive from Truth or Consequences to Deming in 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Deming

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Museums

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Las Cruces

— 3 nights
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum and Dripping Springs Natural Area. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at White Sands National Monument, examine the collection at The Zuhl Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Albino Catholic Church, and contemplate the long history of Old Mesilla Village.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Cruces travel planner.

Drive from Deming to Las Cruces in 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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Carlsbad

— 5 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Big Room and Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art. Explore Carlsbad's surroundings by going to Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Hall of The White Giant, &more) and Roswell Museum & Art Center (in Roswell). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Carlsbad vacation planner.

You can drive from Las Cruces to Carlsbad in 3.5 hours. November in Carlsbad sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

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New Mexico travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.