10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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10 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly + Drive:  12​h
1
Carlsbad
— 1 night
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
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

1
night
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. On the 25th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant, take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail, and then surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour. On the next day, explore the activities along Green Lake, then Head underground at Slaughter Canyon Cave, and then explore the striking landscape at Giant Dome.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Carlsbad visit planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Carlsbad is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Vancouver to Carlsbad, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Vancouver in March, plan for much hotter days and about the same nights in Carlsbad: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Slaughter Canyon Cave ©
Slaughter Canyon Cave

1
night
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): appreciate the history behind White Sands National Monument and then hike along Dog Canyon Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Alamogordo online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Carlsbad to Alamogordo in 3 hours. In March, daytime highs in Alamogordo are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks Outdoors Trails
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White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument

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 San Felipe de Neri Church. Take a break from the city and head to Bandelier National Monument and Cibola National Forest. Change things up with these side-trips from Albuquerque: Ojito Wilderness (in San Ysidro) and Pueblo of Santa Ana (in Bernalillo). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, stop by The Candy Lady, and pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Albuquerque travel planner .

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Albuquerque takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Alamogordo in March, you will find days in Albuquerque are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bandelier National Monument, Ojito Wilderness, Pueblo of Santa Ana
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Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Loretto Chapel and San Miguel Chapel. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo) and El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument, and steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip planner .

Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Albuquerque in March: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 19°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, El Santuario de Chimayo
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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