10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  6​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Visiting Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and Hall of The White Giant will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Carlsbad side-trips: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Lion's Tail, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Eddy House.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Carlsbad trip builder website .

Washington DC to Carlsbad is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Carlsbad. Traveling from Washington DC in October, expect nights in Carlsbad to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

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.
Loretto Chapel and Canyon Road are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo) and Taos (Taos Pueblo & Rio Grande Gorge Bridge). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario De Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Santa Fe takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Carlsbad in October, expect Santa Fe to be little chillier, temps between 69°F and 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Taos, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Albuquerque Old Town and San Felipe de Neri Church. Get outdoors at Bandelier National Monument and Ojito Wilderness. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Albuquerque travel route planning app .

Take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 48°F in Albuquerque. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ojito Wilderness, Bandelier National Monument
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Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town

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