10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Asheville
Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
1
Artesia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Asheville

3
nights
Artesia

Artesia ©
Artesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Artesia: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Big Room, & more).

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Artesia online sightseeing planner .

Asheville to Artesia is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Asheville to Artesia is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Asheville in September, expect nights in Artesia to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 86°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Artesia

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail) and Taos (Taos Pueblo & Rio Grande Gorge Bridge). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, and ponder the world of politics at New Mexico Legislature.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Artesia to Santa Fe takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Artesia in September, with highs in Santa Fe at 80°F and lows at 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cochiti Pueblo, Taos
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): examine the collection at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, get engrossed in the history at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and then contemplate the long history of Bandelier National Monument.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Albuquerque trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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