11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Ruidoso
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Roswell
— 2 nights
Drive:  13​h
5
Houston
— 3 nights
End: Houston

2
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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.
For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in August, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Green Lake ©
Green Lake

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Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Three Rivers Petroglyph Site has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of White Sands National Monument, then do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand, and then learn about winemaking at Heart of the Desert.

To find out how to plan a trip to Alamogordo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Alamogordo by car takes about 3.5 hours. August in Alamogordo sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Ruidoso.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, White Sands National Monument
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White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
Heart of the Desert ©
Heart of the Desert
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

2
nights
Ruidoso

Ruidoso ©
Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Grindstone Stables as well as Hubbard Museum of the American West. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with Grindstone Stables, then delve into the lush surroundings at Lincoln National Forest, and then catch the contagious excitement of Ruidoso Downs Race Track.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ruidoso attractions tool .

Traveling by bus from Alamogordo to Ruidoso takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Alamogordo in August, things will get little chillier in Ruidoso: highs are around 77°F and lows about 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Roswell.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Valley of Fires Recreation Area, Hubbard Museum of the American West
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln National Forest ©
Lincoln National Forest
Grindstone Stables ©
Grindstone Stables
Ruidoso Downs Race Track ©
Ruidoso Downs Race Track

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Roswell

Roswell ©
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park, examine the collection at International UFO Museum and Research Center, then take an in-depth tour of Roswell Museum & Art Center, and finally look for gifts at Alien Zone Area 51.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Roswell day trip app .

You can drive from Ruidoso to Roswell in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ruidoso in August; daily highs in Roswell reach 94°F and lows reach 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Roswell Museum & Art Center ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center
Bottomless Lakes State Park ©
Bottomless Lakes State Park

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Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Houston Zoo and Moody Gardens. Venture out of the city with trips to Kemah Boardwalk (in Kemah) and Galveston (Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, The Seawall, & more). There's much more to do: engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, walk around Smither Park, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and admire the sheer force of Water Wall.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Houston online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Roswell to Houston takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Roswell to Houston due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Roswell in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 77°F in Houston. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Childrens Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Galveston, Kemah Boardwalk
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Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo
Moody Gardens ©
Moody Gardens
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©

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