12 days in New Mexico & Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve Itinerary

12 days in New Mexico & Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
2
Alamogordo
— 1 night
3
Santa Fe
— 1 night
4
Taos
— 2 nights
5
Santa Fe
— 1 night
6
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
7
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 2 nights

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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.
You've added Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Lion's Tail, Hall of The White Giant, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Wed), Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail, thenexplore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park tour itinerary maker app.

Philadelphia to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in April, you will find days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park are a bit warmer (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Alamogordo

Alamogordo
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes White Sands National Monument. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): make a trip to Giant Alamogordo Landmark and then explore the striking landscape of White Sands National Monument.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Alamogordo visit planner.

You can drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Alamogordo in 3.5 hours. April in Alamogordo sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Nature Parks

Side Trip

White Sands National Monument

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Keshi as well as Meow Wolf. On the 23rd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf.

Make your Santa Fe itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Santa Fe takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Alamogordo in April, expect Santa Fe to be little chillier, temps between °F and °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Meow Wolf ©
Meow Wolf
Keshi ©
Keshi

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Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Spa as well as Taos Pueblo. On the 25th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, take a memorable drive along The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe, take a memorable drive along High Road to Taos, thentake in the exciting artwork at 203 Fine Art, thenadmire the masterpieces at Blumenschein Home & Museum, and finally make a trip to Taos Plaza. On the next day, take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, indulge in some personalized pampering at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Spa, explore the galleries of Kit Carson Home & Museum, thentake in the exciting artwork at Taos Clay Studio, and finally enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Taos online day trip planner.

Drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Santa Fe in April, with highs in Taos at °F and lows at °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Spa
Highlights from your plan
High Road to Taos ©
High Road to Taos
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
You've now added Keshi to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, thenstop by El Nicho, and then take in the pleasant sights at Keshi.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Taos in April; daily highs in Santa Fe reach °F and lows reach °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument ©
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Keshi ©
Keshi
El Nicho ©
El Nicho

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Spaceship House, and other attractions you added. On the 27th (Mon), admire the striking features of Spaceship House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, thenwander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town, and finally get engrossed in the history at Albuquerque Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Albuquerque trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in April, Albuquerque is a bit warmer at night with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico Mining Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum ©
Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
On the 30th (Thu), stroll through High Dune Trail and then contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve vacation maker site.

Explore your travel options from Albuquerque to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. In April, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is a bit cooler than Albuquerque - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail
Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center ©
Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center

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