11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico trip planner
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
San Antonio
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Las Cruces
— 1 night


Santa Fe — 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kakawa Chocolate House and Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nedra Matteucci Galleries and Santa Fe Farmers Market. There's lots more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, make a trip to Canyon Road, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, and do a tasting at Estrella Del Norte Vineyard & Tasting Room.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Santa Fe road trip planning site.

Hartford to Santa Fe is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Hartford in December, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Fe, with lows around 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.
Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:

Albuquerque — 3 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 Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals and Cibola National Forest. Step out of Albuquerque to go to Pueblo of Acoma and see Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bow & Arrow Brewing Company, stop by Chocolate Dude, and learn about winemaking at Gruet Winery.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Albuquerque holiday planner.

Drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from Santa Fe in December, with lows around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to San Antonio.
Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:

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 24th (Sat): steep yourself in history at White Sands Missile Range Trinity Site and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Antonio route planning app.

Drive from Albuquerque to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. December in San Antonio sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ruidoso.
Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Ruidoso — 2 nights

Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Noisy Water Winery, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then view the masterpieces at Kenneth Wyatt Galleries. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography, then do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand, and then do a tasting at Heart of the Desert.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ruidoso trip planning website.

Drive from San Antonio to Ruidoso in 2 hours. December in Ruidoso sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 28°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Las Cruces.
Wineries · Shopping · Museums · Spas
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Las Cruces — 1 night

Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): stop by COAS Books.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Las Cruces travel route tool.

Traveling by car from Ruidoso to Las Cruces takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Ruidoso, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Las Cruces, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
Highlights from your trip

New Mexico travel guide

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.