8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico travel route builder

Make it your trip
Fly
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive
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Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive to Midland International Airport, Fly to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, make a trip to Santa Fe Plaza, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip planner.

Louisville to Santa Fe is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Louisville to Santa Fe, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Louisville in August, with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Albuquerque

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): visit Albuquerque Old Town and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque holiday planner.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Fe in August since evenings lows in Albuquerque dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Carlsbad

— 3 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail, Head underground at Big Room, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Hall of The White Giant. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Green Lake, then get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Slaughter Canyon Cave.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad road trip planning tool.

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 August, you will find days in Carlsbad are somewhat warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (69°F). On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon 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.