6 days in New Mexico Itinerary

6 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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6 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
1
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Ruidoso
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Boston

2
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park and then Head underground at Big Room.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Carlsbad route builder site .

Boston to Carlsbad is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Boston in May, with highs in Carlsbad at 87°F and lows at 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Ruidoso.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Big Room ©
Big Room
Slaughter Canyon Cave ©
Slaughter Canyon Cave

1
night
Ruidoso

Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): do a tasting at Noisy Water Winery, take in the exciting artwork at Kenneth Wyatt Galleries, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Ruidoso attractions planner .

Drive from Carlsbad to Ruidoso in 3 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Carlsbad in May: high temperatures in Ruidoso hover around 69°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Spas Shopping Wineries
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Spas
Noisy Water Winery ©
Noisy Water Winery

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pecos National Historical Park, identify plant and animal life at Valles Caldera National Preserve, and then view the masterpieces at Mama's Minerals.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Ruidoso to Santa Fe in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. In May in Santa Fe, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 43°F at night. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Valles Caldera National Preserve, Pecos National Historical Park
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Pecos National Historical Park ©
Pecos National Historical Park
Valles Caldera National Preserve ©
Valles Caldera National Preserve
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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