10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
4
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6​h
End: Houston

2
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Street Sculptures. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Carlsbad trip planner .

Houston to Carlsbad is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Carlsbad. Traveling from Houston in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Carlsbad, with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Street Sculptures
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

1
night
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand, then take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument, and then see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Alamogordo journey planner .

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Alamogordo takes 3 hours. October in Alamogordo sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

White Sands National Monument
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White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
New Mexico Museum of Space History ©

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.
Get some historical perspective at Albuquerque Old Town and Bandelier National Monument. Let the collections at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society and Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum capture your imagination. Step out of Albuquerque to go to Pueblo of Acoma and see Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, explore the striking landscape of Petroglyph National Monument, and get curious at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque road trip planning site .

You can drive from Alamogordo to Albuquerque in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Alamogordo 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 your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, Bandelier National Monument
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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.
Let the collections at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and Museum of International Folk Art capture your imagination. Loretto Chapel and Santa Fe Plaza will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo) and Taos (Rio Grande Gorge Bridge & Taos Pueblo). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Chapel, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe road trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Albuquerque in October since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Taos, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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