8 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Albuquerque & Santa Fe Itinerary

8 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Albuquerque & Santa Fe Itinerary

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8 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Albuquerque & Santa Fe Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Boston

2
nights
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.
On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, then get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Carlsbad Caverns National Park day trip site .

Boston to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Boston to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. When traveling from Boston in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Carlsbad Caverns National Park: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

2
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 16th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, and then have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, then see the interesting displays at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Albuquerque Biological Park.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Albuquerque trip builder app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Albuquerque in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in August: high temperatures in Albuquerque hover around 88°F and lows are around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, then examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, then take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and then delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe day trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in August, expect little chillier with lows of 57°F in Santa Fe. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Taos, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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