6 days in New Mexico Itinerary

6 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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6 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h
1
Albuquerque
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h
End: New York City

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.
On the 5th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Albuquerque trip planner .

New York City to Albuquerque is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from New York City in October, with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument
San Felipe de Neri Church ©
San Felipe de Neri Church

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 7th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, don't miss a visit to Santa Fe Plaza, then get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in October, Santa Fe is slightly colder at night with lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Santa Fe

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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. On the 8th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Giant Dome, get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room, and then explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail.

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Getting from Santa Fe to Carlsbad by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Fe in October, with highs in Carlsbad at 80°F and lows at 50°F. You'll set off for home on the 10th (Sat).

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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