12 days in New Mexico & Midland Itinerary

12 days in New Mexico & Midland Itinerary

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Albuquerque
— 2 nights
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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Taos
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
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Roswell
— 1 night
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
7
Midland
— 1 night

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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.
Albuquerque is known for historic sites, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip planner.

Houston to Albuquerque is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Albuquerque. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Houston in September, with highs in Albuquerque at 83°F and lows at 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): don't miss a visit to ViVO Contemporary, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, and finally hike along Canyon Trail.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip planner.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Albuquerque in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 52°F in Santa Fe. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cochiti Pueblo
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Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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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 3rd (Sat), explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, get interesting insight from Tours, then snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and finally appreciate the history behind Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Taos County Courthouse Murals, explore the galleries of Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then take in the exciting artwork at Enchanted Circle Pottery, and finally don't miss a visit to David Anthony Fine Art.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Taos vacation planning site.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 33°F in Taos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Taos

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

1
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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Las Vegas is a city in and the county seat of San Miguel County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): admire the striking features of Dwan Light Sanctuary, browse the collection at Carnegie Public Library, then examine the collection at Las Vegas Museum, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Plaza Antiques, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Las Vegas Plaza.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Taos to Las Vegas takes 2 hours. Traveling from Taos in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Las Vegas, with lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Roswell.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
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Plaza Antiques ©
Plaza Antiques
Las Vegas Plaza ©
Las Vegas Plaza
Carnegie Public Library ©
Carnegie Public Library

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Tokay Beaded Art, then explore the world behind art at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, then examine the collection at International UFO Museum and Research Center, and finally learn about winemaking at Pecos Flavors Winery.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Roswell tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Roswell in 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in October, with highs in Roswell at 79°F and lows at 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums · Wineries · Shopping
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Pecos Flavors Winery ©
Pecos Flavors Winery
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art ©
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art

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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 7th (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room, then explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, then surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of King's Palace. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail, take in the dramatic natural features at Hall of The White Giant, then explore the fascinating underground world of Slaughter Canyon Cave, and finally explore the activities along Rattlesnake Springs.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad Caverns National Park tour website.

You can drive from Roswell to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Carlsbad Caverns National Park are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Midland.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Slaughter Canyon Cave ©
Slaughter Canyon Cave

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Midland

Midland ©
Midland is a city in and the county seat of Midland County, Texas, United States, on the Southern Plains of the state's western area. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate the long history of George W. Bush Childhood Home, see the interesting displays at Haley Memorial Library and History Center, then see the interesting displays at Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, then don't miss a visit to Chris Kyle "American Sniper" Memorial, and finally look for gifts at Susie's South Forty Confections Inc..

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Midland tour planner.

Getting from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Midland by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Midland, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in October since evenings lows in Midland dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Midland

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Chris Kyle "American Sniper" Memorial
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:
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Permian Basin Petroleum Museum ©
Permian Basin Petroleum Museum
Chris Kyle ©
Chris Kyle "American Sniper" Memorial
George W. Bush Childhood Home ©
George W. Bush Childhood Home

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