7 days in New Mexico Itinerary

7 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Albuquerque
— 1 day
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carlsbad
— 3 nights
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Drive to Midland International Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to San Jose

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Albuquerque

— 1 day

Duke City

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town and then have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque road trip planner.

San Jose to Albuquerque is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Jose to Albuquerque. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Jose in December, with highs in Albuquerque at 49°F and lows at 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Santa Fe

— 3 nights

City Different

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.
Santa Fe is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, shop like a local with Keshi, explore and take pictures at New Mexico History Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe day trip planning app.

Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Santa Fe, with lows around 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Carlsbad

— 3 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Slaughter Canyon Cave, &more). It doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Carlsbad trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Carlsbad in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Fe in December; daily highs in Carlsbad reach 58°F and lows reach 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

New Mexico travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.