8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Artesia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Las Cruces
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

3
nights
Artesia

Artesia ©
Artesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Artesia: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Big Room, & more), Bottomless Lakes State Park (in Roswell) and Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park (in Carlsbad). There's more to do: pause for some photo ops at Street Sculptures.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Artesia sightseeing site .

Fort Lauderdale to Artesia is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Artesia. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Artesia, with lows of 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Artesia

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, Bottomless Lakes State Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

2
nights
Las Cruces

Las Cruces ©
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): deepen your understanding at New Mexico State University, examine the collection at The Zuhl Museum, then steep yourself in history at Old Mesilla Village, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of San Albino, and finally steep yourself in history at San Albino Church. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces, then don't miss a visit to Recycled Roadrunner Sculpture, then take an in-depth tour of New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, and finally stroll around Dripping Springs Natural Area.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Las Cruces trip builder app .

Getting from Artesia to Las Cruces by car takes about 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Las Cruces are 94°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Old Mesilla Village ©
Old Mesilla Village
Dripping Springs Natural Area ©
Dripping Springs Natural Area

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.
On the 21st (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, and finally look for gifts at Wind River Trading Company.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Las Cruces to Santa Fe in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Las Cruces in July, with highs in Santa Fe at 88°F and lows at 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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