7 days in New Mexico Itinerary

7 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Chicago

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and then admire the landmark architecture of Spaceship House. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at The Candy Lady, get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Albuquerque road trip website.

Chicago to Albuquerque is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Albuquerque. While traveling from Chicago, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Albuquerque, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
The Candy Lady ©
The Candy Lady

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Green Lake, Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, &more). There's more to do: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Carlsbad trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Carlsbad takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Albuquerque in July, you will find days in Carlsbad are somewhat warmer (97°F), and nights are about the same (71°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, then examine the collection at The Harrell House Bug Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santa Fe travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Carlsbad to Santa Fe by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Carlsbad in July; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 88°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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