8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Carlsbad — 1 night

Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Rattlesnake Springs and then explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then explore the activities along Green Lake.

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Amarillo to Carlsbad is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amarillo to Carlsbad due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 97°F in July, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Albuquerque — 2 nights

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.
On the 6th (Wed), learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, then get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum, and then wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample some tasty brews at Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

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

You can drive from Carlsbad to Albuquerque in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Carlsbad in July, you will find days in Albuquerque are a bit cooler (91°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.
Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Santa Fe — 3 nights

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 sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf Santa Fe, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and admire all the interesting features of New Mexico History Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in July, Santa Fe is slightly colder at night with lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Taos.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Taos — 1 night

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): look for gifts at Enchanted Circle Pottery and then snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Taos day trip planning tool.

Getting from Santa Fe to Taos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, Taos is slightly colder than Santa Fe - with highs of 83°F and lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive back home.
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New Mexico travel guide

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.