13 days in New Mexico & San Francisco Itinerary

13 days in New Mexico & San Francisco Itinerary

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13 days in New Mexico & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly + Drive:  24​h
1
Cochiti Lake
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Sao Paulo

1
day
Cochiti Lake

Cochiti Lake ©
To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cochiti Lake custom trip planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Cochiti Lake is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Cochiti Lake due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in November: high temperatures in Cochiti Lake hover around 13°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Cochiti Lake

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Bandelier National Monument
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Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room, then take a memorable tour with Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail.

To see maps and more tourist information, read our Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip generator.

Getting from Cochiti Lake to Carlsbad Caverns National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. In November, Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a bit warmer than Cochiti Lake - with highs of 22°C and lows of 3°C. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Baker Beach and Safari West will thrill your kids. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Montara State Beach. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma), Big Basin Redwoods State Park (in Boulder Creek) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). The adventure continues: get curious at Exploratorium, explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, stroll through Miramar Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Bodega Head.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and subway from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to San Francisco takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to San Francisco is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sonoma Coast State Beach, Bodega Head, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Bean Hollow State Beach, Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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