43 days in New Mexico Itinerary

43 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico travel route planner

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Albuquerque
— 6 nights
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San Antonio
— 1 night
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Alamogordo
— 4 nights
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Las Cruces
— 4 nights
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Deming
— 3 nights
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Gila
— 2 nights
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Grants
— 3 nights
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Nageezi
— 2 nights
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Taos
— 7 nights
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Santa Fe
— 7 nights
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Tucumcari
— 3 nights
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Albuquerque

— 6 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.
Let the collections at Albuquerque Museum and Unser Racing Museum capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society and Coronado Historic Site. Explore Albuquerque's surroundings by going to Jemez Springs (Jemez Springs Bath House & Jemez Hot Springs) and National Radio Astronomy Observatory (in Socorro). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, appreciate the history behind Madonna of the Trail, view the masterpieces at Turquoise Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Albuquerque vacation planning website.

Washington DC to Albuquerque is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Albuquerque are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 28:

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. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): contemplate the long history of White Sands Missile Range Trinity Site and then stroll through Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Antonio tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. January in San Antonio sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 26°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in San Antonio

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 29:

Alamogordo

— 4 nights
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Get outdoors at Osha Trail and Valley of Fires Recreation Area. Get a sense of the local culture at Three Rivers Petroglyph Site and McGinn's PistachioLand. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at White Sands Missle Range Museum, learn about winemaking at Heart of the Desert, admire the majestic nature at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, and explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Alamogordo trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from San Antonio to Alamogordo by car takes about 2 hours. January in Alamogordo sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 27°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 2:

Las Cruces

— 4 nights
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Mesilla Village and Riverbend Hot Springs. Museum-lovers will get to explore New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum and The Zuhl Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Las Cruces side-trips: Lincoln National Forest (in Ruidoso) and Geronimo Springs Museum (in Truth or Consequences). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Albino Catholic Church and appreciate the history behind Recycled Roadrunner Sculpture.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Las Cruces trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Las Cruces takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Las Cruces can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Deming.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 6:

Deming

— 3 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. Museum-lovers will appreciate Deming Luna Mimbres Museum and Silver City Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room and Deming Arts Center. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at City of Rocks State Park and immerse yourself in nature at Rockhound State Park.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Deming road trip planning app.

You can drive from Las Cruces to Deming in 1.5 hours. February in Deming sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gila.

Things to do in Deming

Museums · Nature · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 9:

Gila

— 2 nights
Gila is a census-designated place in Grant County, New Mexico, United States. On the 10th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Gila Wilderness Area and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): trek along Catwalk Trail.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Gila online trip planner.

Getting from Deming to Gila by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Deming in February, plan for little chillier days in Gila, with highs around 60°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Grants.

Things to do in Gila

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 11:
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Grants

— 3 nights
Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at El Morro National Monument and New Mexico Mining Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like El Malpais National Monument and Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Grants tour itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Gila to Grants in 4 hours. Traveling from Gila in February, things will get a bit cooler in Grants: highs are around 53°F and lows about 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nageezi.

Things to do in Grants

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 14:

Nageezi

— 2 nights
Nageezi is a census-designated place in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. On the 15th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Chetro Ketl and then explore the ancient world of Pueblo Bonito.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nageezi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grants to Nageezi takes 2 hours. Traveling from Grants in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°F in Nageezi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Nageezi

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 16:

Taos

— 7 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Take a break from the city and head to Taos Ski Valley Resort and The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Union National Monument and Taos Pueblo. Get out of town with these interesting Taos side-trips: San Jose de Gracia Church (in Trampas), Al's Run (in Taos Ski Valley) and La Chiripada Winery (in Dixon). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, stroll through Philmont Scout Ranch, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Taos online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Nageezi to Taos by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Nageezi in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°F in Taos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 16 — 23:

Santa Fe

— 7 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.
Appreciate the collections at San Miguel Chapel and Liquid Light Glass. Get in touch with nature at Ski Santa Fe and Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Bradbury Science Museum (in Los Alamos) and El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Palace of the Governors, view the masterpieces at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, and explore the world behind art at New Mexico Museum of Art.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Taos in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Santa Fe, with lows of 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Tucumcari.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 23 — Mar 2:

Tucumcari

— 3 nights
Tucumcari is a city in and the county seat of Quay County, New Mexico, United States. On the 3rd (Thu), see the interesting displays at New Mexico Route 66 Museum and then see the interesting displays at Russell's Truck and Travel Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Billy the Kid Museum and then take in the dramatic natural features at Blue Hole.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tucumcari trip planner.

Drive from Santa Fe to Tucumcari in 3 hours. Traveling from Santa Fe in March, expect Tucumcari to be a bit warmer, temps between 69°F and 36°F. You'll set off for home on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Tucumcari

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 5:

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.