8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Santa Fe
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Albuquerque — 1 night

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 28th (Mon), learn the secrets of beer at Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, and then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Albuquerque trip planner.

San Diego to Albuquerque is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego to Albuquerque, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Diego in March since evenings lows in Albuquerque dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Carlsbad.
Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Carlsbad — 3 nights

Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Big Room, &more). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad trip planner.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Carlsbad in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Albuquerque in March, expect nights in Carlsbad to be about the same, around 41°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Santa Fe.
Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trip

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.
Go for a jaunt from Santa Fe to Cochiti Pueblo to see Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, contemplate the long history of New Mexico History Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf Santa Fe.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe travel planning site.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Santa Fe takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Carlsbad in April, with highs in Santa Fe at 67°F and lows at 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trip

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.