32 days in New Mexico Itinerary

32 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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32 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Albuquerque
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Santa Fe
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Taos
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Tucumcari
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Alamogordo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Socorro
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Grants
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Farmington
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Seattle

5
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.
Visiting Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs and Bandelier National Monument will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and Unser Racing Museum. When in Albuquerque, make a side trip to see Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument in Mountainair, approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, examine the collection at American International Rattlesnake Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, and engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Albuquerque trip itinerary builder tool .

Seattle to Albuquerque is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Seattle, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Albuquerque, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tinkertown Museum, Coronado Historic Site, Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs, Bandelier National Monument, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 25:
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San Felipe de Neri Church ©
San Felipe de Neri Church
Albuquerque Museum ©
Albuquerque Museum

5
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'll discover tucked-away gems like Ghost Ranch and El Santuario de Chimayo. San Miguel Chapel and El Rancho de las Golondrinas will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Los Alamos (Bradbury Science Museum & Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie Statues), Valles Caldera National Preserve (in Jemez Springs) and Pecos National Historical Park (in Pecos). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Nedra Matteucci Galleries, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, see the interesting displays at The Harrell House Bug Museum, and delve into the distant past at Puye Cliff Dwellings.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Fe driving holiday planner .

Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Albuquerque in October since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Los Alamos, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Puye Cliff Dwellings, El Santuario de Chimayo, Pecos National Historical Park
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 30:
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New Mexico Museum of Art ©
New Mexico Museum of Art
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church and Millicent Rogers Museum. Visiting Philmont Scout Ranch and Enchanted Circle Drive will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taos: Fort Union National Monument (in Watrous) and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, get a taste of the local shopping with 203 Fine Art, examine the collection at La Hacienda del los Martinez, and don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Taos trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, expect little chillier with lows of 33°F in Taos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Tucumcari.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Fort Union National Monument, Philmont Scout Ranch
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 3:
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San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©
Fort Union National Monument ©
Fort Union National Monument
Philmont Scout Ranch ©
Philmont Scout Ranch

2
nights
Tucumcari

Tucumcari ©
Tucumcari is a city in and the county seat of Quay County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Route 66 Auto Museum, explore the striking landscape at Blue Hole, then don't miss a visit to Murals of Tucumcari, and finally look for gifts at Tee Pee Curios. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Tucumcari Historical Museum, then see the interesting displays at New Mexico Route 66 Museum, then examine the collection at Tucumcari Railroad Museum, and finally learn more about the world around you at Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tucumcari vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Taos to Tucumcari takes 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Taos in November; daily highs in Tucumcari reach 64°F and lows reach 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Tucumcari

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Santa Rosa
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:
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Route 66 Auto Museum ©
Route 66 Auto Museum
Blue Hole ©
Blue Hole

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Big Room and King's Palace. Get a sense of the local culture at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art and Roswell Museum & Art Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Lion's Tail, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, & more). It doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Carlsbad trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Tucumcari to Carlsbad takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In November, daytime highs in Carlsbad are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Roswell
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 8:
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

3
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Lincoln National Forest and Valley of Fires Recreation Area. Explore hidden gems such as White Sands Missle Range Museum and Hubbard Museum of the American West. Change things up with these side-trips from Alamogordo: White Sands National Monument (in White Sands), Off the Beaten Path (in Cloudcroft) and Three Rivers Petroglyph Site (in Tularosa). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at New Mexico Museum of Space History, get curious at International Space Hall of Fame, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Apache Mission Church.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Alamogordo visit planner .

You can drive from Carlsbad to Alamogordo in 3 hours. November in Alamogordo sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Socorro.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hubbard Museum of the American West, Valley of Fires Recreation Area, St. Joseph Apache Mission Church, Lincoln National Forest, Off the Beaten Path
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 11:
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New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
White Sands Missle Range Museum ©
White Sands Missle Range Museum

3
nights
Socorro

Socorro ©
Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Escape the urban bustle at Riverbend Hot Springs and Bernardo Wildlife Area. Explore Socorro's surroundings by going to Geronimo Springs Museum (in Truth or Consequences) and White Sands Missile Range Trinity Site (in San Antonio). Next up on the itinerary: get curious at Mineralogical Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Vertu Fine Art Gallery, and steep yourself in history at Socorro Historic Plaza.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Socorro trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Alamogordo to Socorro by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November in Socorro, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Grants.

Things to do in Socorro

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

San Antonio, Truth or Consequences, Bernardo Wildlife Area
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 14:
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Geronimo Springs Museum ©
Geronimo Springs Museum
Riverbend Hot Springs ©
Riverbend Hot Springs

3
nights
Grants

Grants ©
Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. Museum-lovers will appreciate Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum and New Mexico Mining Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like El Morro National Monument and Laguna Pueblo Mission. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Malpais National Monument, see the interesting displays at Western New Mexico Aviation Heritage Museum, explore the striking landscape at La Ventana Natural Arch, and look for gifts at Chaco Canyon Trading Co.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Grants trip planner .

Traveling by car from Socorro to Grants takes 2.5 hours. In November, Grants is slightly colder than Socorro - with highs of 57°F and lows of 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Farmington.

Things to do in Grants

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Milan, Laguna Pueblo Mission, Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, El Morro National Monument
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 17:
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El Malpais National Monument ©
El Malpais National Monument
El Morro National Monument ©
El Morro National Monument

3
nights
Farmington

Farmington ©
Farmington ' is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. Popular historic sites such as Aztec Ruins National Monument and Salmon Ruins are in your itinerary. Visiting Chaco Culture National Historical Park and Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Farmington to Nageezi to see Pueblo Bonito about 1h 20 min away.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Farmington online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Grants to Farmington takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in November, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Farmington

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nageezi, Aztec Ruins National Monument
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Chaco Culture National Historical Park ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Pueblo Bonito ©
Pueblo Bonito

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