7 days in New Mexico Itinerary

7 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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7 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  5​h
2
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  10​h
End: Newark

1
night
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and then Head underground at Big Room.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip maker .

Newark to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Traveling from Newark in December, expect nights in Carlsbad Caverns National Park to be about the same, around 31°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Big Room ©
Big Room

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and Canyon Road. Popular historic sites such as Loretto Chapel and Santa Fe Plaza are in your itinerary. Step out of Santa Fe to go to Cochiti Pueblo and see Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, join in the after-dark buzz at Astronomy Adventures, and don't miss a visit to ViVO Contemporary.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Santa Fe in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in December: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 45°F and lows are around 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Nature Tours

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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nights
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 2nd (Thu): examine the collection at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, then explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip planner .

You can take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Fe in January since evenings lows in Albuquerque dip to 26°F. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument

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