11 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Albuquerque Itinerary

11 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Albuquerque Itinerary

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11 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Albuquerque Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Seattle

7
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and King's Palace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carlsbad Caverns National Park: Guadalupe Mountains National Park (in Salt Flat) and Guadalupe Mountains National Park (Guadalupe Peak, Pinery Trail, & more). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room, cruise along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive, take in the dramatic natural features at Giant Dome, and explore the activities along Rattlesnake Springs.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park holiday planner .

Seattle to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Seattle to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in August, expect Carlsbad Caverns National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 94°F and 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

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.
On the 18th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and then look for all kinds of wild species at Ojito Wilderness. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque day trip website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Albuquerque takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in August: high temperatures in Albuquerque hover around 88°F and lows are around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Ojito Wilderness
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument

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