10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Roswell
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Taos
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h
End: Seattle

1
night
Roswell

Roswell ©
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Roswell trip planner.

Seattle to Roswell is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Roswell is 1 hour. In July, Roswell is somewhat warmer than Seattle - with highs of 97°F and lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums Childrens Museums Wineries
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Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center
Pecos Flavors Winery ©
Pecos Flavors Winery

1
night
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): Head underground at Big Room, Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and then surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad Caverns National Park road trip planning site .

Drive from Roswell to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 97°F in July, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

1
night
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. On the 26th (Fri), see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History, learn about winemaking at Heart of the Desert, then explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument, and finally look for gifts at White Sands Trading Company Gift Shop.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Alamogordo route app .

You can drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Alamogordo in 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Alamogordo can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

White Sands National Monument
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New Mexico Museum of Space History ©
New Mexico Museum of Space History
White Sands Trading Company Gift Shop ©

2
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.
On the 27th (Sat), get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Albuquerque Biological Park, then get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, then get engrossed in the history at Albuquerque Museum, and finally do a tasting at Casa Rondena Winery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Alamogordo to Albuquerque in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. In July in Albuquerque, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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San Felipe de Neri Church ©
San Felipe de Neri Church
Albuquerque Museum ©
Albuquerque Museum

2
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.
On the 29th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, explore the world behind art at New Mexico Museum of Art, take a stroll through Canyon Road, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Chapel, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, then examine the collection at Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Fe day trip planning app .

You can take a bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Albuquerque in July, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture ©
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
New Mexico Museum of Art ©
New Mexico Museum of Art

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nights
Taos

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): explore the world behind art at Taos Art Museum, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, and finally appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals, then admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Taos attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, Taos is slightly colder than Santa Fe - with highs of 83°F and lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum

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