13 days in United States, Piedras Negras & Durango Itinerary

13 days in United States, Piedras Negras & Durango Itinerary

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13 days in United States, Piedras Negras & Durango Itinerary

Start: Huixquilucan, Mexico
Drive:  14​h 15​min
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Piedras Negras, Mexico
— 1 night
drive:  41​h
2
Carlsbad, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Santa Fe, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Taos Ski Valley, United States
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Albuquerque, United States
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Las Cruces, United States
— 2 nights
drive:  6​h 30​min
7
Durango, Mexico
— Few hours
Drive:  9​h 30​min
End: Huixquilucan, Mexico

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Piedras Negras, Mexico

Piedras Negras
Piedras Negras is a city and seat of the surrounding municipality of the same name in the Mexican state of Coahuila. To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Piedras Negras driving holiday planner .

Huixquilucan to Piedras Negras is an approximately 5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Huixquilucan to Piedras Negras. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Huixquilucan in December since evenings lows in Piedras Negras dip to 9°C. On the 19th (Thu), you're off toCarlsbad.
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Carlsbad, United States

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Carlsbad trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Piedras Negras to Carlsbad. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Piedras Negras in December, expect Carlsbad to be little chillier, temps between 17°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Carlsbad Museum and Art Center ©
Carlsbad Museum and Art Center

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Santa Fe, United States

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 22nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Santa Fe takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Carlsbad in December; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 8°C and lows reach -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Taos Ski Valley.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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Taos Ski Valley, United States

Taos Ski Valley ©
Taos Ski Valley is a village and alpine ski resort in Taos County, New Mexico, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taos Ski Valley: Taos (Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos Plaza, & more), Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area (in Red River) and Ranchos De Taos (Taos Drums & San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, stop by Francesca's Clothing Boutique, fly down the slopes at Taos Ski Valley Resort, and view the masterpieces at Taos Clay Studio.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Taos Ski Valley day trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos Ski Valley in 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Fe in December: high temperatures in Taos Ski Valley hover around 3°C and lows are around -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Taos Ski Valley

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Taos, Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area, Francesca's Clothing Boutique, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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High Road to Taos ©
High Road to Taos
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

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Albuquerque, United States

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, then look for gifts at The Candy Lady, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Albuquerque online day trip planner .

You can drive from Taos Ski Valley to Albuquerque in 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Taos Ski Valley in December: high temperatures in Albuquerque hover around 11°C and lows are around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
The Candy Lady ©
The Candy Lady

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Las Cruces, United States

Las Cruces ©
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, then stroll around Dripping Springs Natural Area, then contemplate the long history of Old Mesilla Village, and finally don't miss a visit to Recycled Roadrunner Sculpture.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Las Cruces tour website .

You can drive from Albuquerque to Las Cruces in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Albuquerque in December, you will find days in Las Cruces are a bit warmer (16°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Old Mesilla Village ©
Old Mesilla Village
Dripping Springs Natural Area ©
Dripping Springs Natural Area

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Durango, Mexico

Durango
For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Durango trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Las Cruces to Durango. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Las Cruces in December, with highs in Durango at 27°C and lows at 3°C. You will leave for home on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Durango

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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