13 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Los Angeles Itinerary

13 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Los Angeles Itinerary

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13 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 9 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h
End: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Big Room and Slaughter Canyon Cave. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carlsbad Caverns National Park: Guadalupe Mountains National Park (in Salt Flat), Guadalupe Mountains National Park (Pinery Trail, Permian Reef Geology Trail, & more) and Runyan Ranches (in Mayhill). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, explore the activities along Green Lake, and take in the dramatic natural features at Giant Dome.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad Caverns National Park road trip tool .

August in Carlsbad Caverns National Park sees daily highs of 94°F and lows of 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Getty Center, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Los Angeles in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Los Angeles is minus 1 hour. September in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 66°F at night. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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