17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + Drive:  22​h 45​min
1
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Taos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Manchester

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.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is known for nature and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Big Room, get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Rattlesnake Springs.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip itinerary maker.

Manchester, UK to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Manchester, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

2
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. On the 24th (Tue), meet the residents at Alameda Park Zoo and then explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Alamogordo travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Alamogordo takes 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Alamogordo are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

White Sands National Monument
Highlights from your plan
White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
Alameda Park Zoo ©
Alameda Park Zoo

4
nights
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.
Take a break from Taos with a short trip to Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, appreciate the history behind Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Taos itinerary maker.

Getting from Alamogordo to Taos by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Alamogordo in October: high temperatures in Taos hover around 20°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial

4
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, and witness a stunning natural landmark at ten thousand waves.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe vacation planner.

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Taos in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Santa Fe, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Bandelier National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

2
nights
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.
Albuquerque is known for historic sites, museums, zoos & aquariums, childrens museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, look for gifts at The Candy Lady, and get curious at National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque vacation builder.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Santa Fe in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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