11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

11 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico trip maker

Make it your trip
Fly to Midland International Airport, Drive to Carlsbad
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Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive to Albuquerque International Sunport, Fly to Washington

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Carlsbad

— 2 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Big Room, &more). It doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Carlsbad trip maker website.

Washington to Carlsbad is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Washington to Carlsbad, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Washington in March: high temperatures in Carlsbad hover around 74°F and lows are around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Alamogordo

— 2 nights
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand, do a tasting at Heart of the Desert, and then head outdoors with Trestle Recreation Area. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Alamogordo tour planner.

You can drive from Carlsbad to Alamogordo in 3 hours. March in Alamogordo sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Nature · Parks · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Albuquerque

— 2 nights

Duke City

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 9th (Wed), examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, then explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Alamogordo to Albuquerque in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Alamogordo in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Albuquerque: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Santa Fe

— 4 nights

City Different

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.
Go for a jaunt from Santa Fe to Cochiti Pueblo to see Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, take a stroll through Canyon Road, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and appreciate the history behind New Mexico History Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Albuquerque in March: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 61°F and lows are around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

New Mexico travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.