8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico trip planner

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

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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 24th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at The Candy Lady, get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque day trip website.

New York City to Albuquerque is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in March, expect nights in Albuquerque to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Canyon Trail & Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Albuquerque in March: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 61°F and lows are around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Carlsbad

— 3 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant, then surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then Head underground at Slaughter Canyon Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at King's Palace, then explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room, and then explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad planning tool.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Carlsbad in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Santa Fe in March, things will get a bit warmer in Carlsbad: highs are around 74°F and lows about 41°F. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.