10 days in New Mexico, Denver & Kansas City Itinerary

10 days in New Mexico, Denver & Kansas City Itinerary

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10 days in New Mexico, Denver & Kansas City Itinerary

Start: New York City
Drive:  33​h
1
Roswell
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
2
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
6
Kansas City
— 1 night
Drive:  20​h 15​min
End: New York City

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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 27th (Sat): stop by Alien Zone Area 51, then learn about winemaking at Pecos Flavors Winery, then admire the masterpieces at Roswell Museum & Art Center, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Roswell holiday planner.

New York City to Roswell is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from New York City in May, you will find days in Roswell are somewhat warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Roswell

Nature Parks Museums
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Bottomless Lakes State Park ©
Bottomless Lakes State Park
Roswell Museum & Art Center ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center
Pecos Flavors Winery ©
Pecos Flavors Winery

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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 28th (Sun), Head underground at Big Room, then get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Roswell to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 2 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Roswell in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carlsbad Caverns National Park: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Tours
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): trek along La Luz Trail and then kick back and relax at Tingley Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip builder.

Drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Albuquerque in 5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in May, with highs in Albuquerque at 78°F and lows at 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Outdoors Parks Trails

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Estrella Del Norte Vineyard & Tasting Room, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Santuario de Chimayo, and then get engrossed in the history at Bradbury Science Museum. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and then admire the masterpieces at San Miguel Chapel.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Albuquerque in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Santa Fe, with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Bradbury Science Museum, El Santuario de Chimayo
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San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
Bradbury Science Museum ©
Bradbury Science Museum

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Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, identify plant and animal life at Dinosaur Ridge, and then get curious at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Santa Fe to Denver takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in May, expect nights in Denver to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Dinosaur Ridge, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Highlights from your plan
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Dinosaur Ridge ©
Dinosaur Ridge

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Kansas City

Kansas City ©
The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
On the 2nd (Fri), admire the masterpieces at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, examine the collection at National World War I Museum and Memorial, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Boulevard Brewing Co. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the engaging exhibits at Kaleidoscope, then do a tasting at Pirtle Winery, and then try your luck at Harrah's North Kansas City.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kansas City custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Denver to Kansas City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Kansas City is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kansas City when traveling from Denver in June, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Pirtle Winery, Harrah's North Kansas City Casino
Highlights from your plan
National WWI Museum and Memorial ©
Pirtle Winery ©
Pirtle Winery
Kaleidoscope ©
Kaleidoscope

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