10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Hartford
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12​h 45​min
1
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Hartford

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Big Room, & more).

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Carlsbad trip maker app .

Hartford to Carlsbad is an approximately 13-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Hartford to Carlsbad, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hartford in October, you will find days in Carlsbad are somewhat warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Albuquerque to Los Alamos to see Bandelier National Monument about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, see the interesting displays at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, and get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip maker website .

Getting from Carlsbad to Albuquerque by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Carlsbad in October, plan for little chillier days in Albuquerque, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Bandelier National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument

3
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 find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Taos (Taos Pueblo & Rio Grande Gorge Bridge) and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, make a trip to Santa Fe Plaza, and explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe online attractions planner .

Traveling by bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 41°F in Santa Fe. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Taos, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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