12 days in New Mexico Itinerary

12 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
2
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
3
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
4
Alamogordo
— 3 nights

2
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.
Visiting Guadalupe Mountains National Park and Green Lake will get you outdoors. Step out of Carlsbad Caverns National Park with an excursion to Frijole Ranch in Guadalupe Mountains National Park--about 1h 50 min away. It doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail and explore the fascinating underground world of Slaughter Canyon Cave.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip planner.

Houston to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Houston in August, expect slightly colder with lows of °F in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Frijole Ranch
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Slaughter Canyon Cave ©
Slaughter Canyon Cave

3
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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Ghost Ranch and San Miguel Chapel. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Keshi and Traveler's Market. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Georgia O'Keeffe: Welcome Center (in Abiquiu), San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church (in Ranchos De Taos) and El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at New Mexico Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Millicent Rogers Museum, get interesting insight from Tours, and take in the exciting artwork at Mama's Minerals.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe trip maker website.

Getting from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Santa Fe by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in August, with highs in Santa Fe at °F and lows at °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Taos, Abiquiu, El Santuario de Chimayo
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El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church

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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Luz Trail and Cibola National Forest. Get some historical perspective at Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument and Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe. Step out of Albuquerque to go to Belen and see Belen Harvey House Museum, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Tinkertown Museum, see the interesting displays at Unser Racing Museum, explore the ancient world of Coronado Historic Site, and don't miss a visit to New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society.

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Getting from Santa Fe to Albuquerque by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Belen Harvey House Museum, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, Tinkertown Museum, Coronado Historic Site
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Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument ©
Unser Racing Museum ©
Unser Racing Museum

3
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. You've now added White Sands National Monument to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument, examine the collection at Toy Train Depot, thenget a new perspective on nature at Tularosa Basin Museum of History, thenexamine the collection at Shroud Exhibit and Museum, and finally get curious at International Space Hall of Fame. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Fort Stanton Historical Site, thenshop like a local with Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery, and then admire the majestic nature at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Alamogordo holiday builder app.

Drive from Albuquerque to Alamogordo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. In August in Alamogordo, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery, White Sands National Monument, Fort Stanton Historical Site, New Mexico Rails-to-Trails
Highlights from your plan
International Space Hall of Fame ©
International Space Hall of Fame
Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery ©
Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park ©
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park

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