6 days in New Mexico Itinerary

6 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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6 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Santa Fe
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
3
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Kansas City

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Explore Carlsbad's surroundings by going to Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Big Room, & more).

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad online trip maker .

Kansas City to Carlsbad is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Carlsbad due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kansas City in December, you will find days in Carlsbad are somewhat warmer (58°F), and nights are about the same (31°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with El Nicho, shop like a local with Keshi, view the masterpieces at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, then admire the natural beauty at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip maker app .

Drive from Carlsbad to Santa Fe in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Carlsbad in January, expect Santa Fe to be slightly colder, temps between 44°F and 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Shopping Parks
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Nedra Matteucci Galleries ©
Nedra Matteucci Galleries
Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens ©
Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, then get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and then stroll through Corrales Bosque.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque trip planner .

You can take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°F in Albuquerque. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Outdoors Childrens Museums

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