3 days in Abilene & Carlsbad Caverns National Park Itinerary

3 days in Abilene & Carlsbad Caverns National Park Itinerary

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Start: Houston
Drive:  5 h 45 min
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Abilene
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7 h
End: Houston

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Abilene

Abilene ©
Abilene is a city in Taylor and Jones counties in West Texas, United States. On the 2nd (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Abilene trip planning app.

Houston to Abilene is an approximately 6- hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Houston in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Abilene, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Abilene

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Frontier Texas! ©
Frontier Texas!
Abilene Zoo ©
Abilene Zoo
Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden ©
Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room, then get interesting insight from Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then Head underground at King's Palace.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Carlsbad Caverns National Park day trip planning app.

Drive from Abilene to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Abilene to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in April, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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

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