8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: College Station
Fly + Drive:  6 h 45 min
1
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
2
Taos
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
4
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: College Station

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Lion's Tail, Big Room, &more). There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Carlsbad trip itinerary site.

College Station to Carlsbad is an approximately 7- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from College Station to Carlsbad due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Carlsbad when traveling from College Station in May, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

1
night
Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Enchanted Circle Pottery, get interesting insight from Tours, then take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and finally make a trip to Taos Pueblo.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Taos online vacation maker.

You can drive from Carlsbad to Taos in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Carlsbad in May, with highs in Taos at 67°F and lows at 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Mama's Minerals, then steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, and finally don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf.

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Getting from Taos to Santa Fe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Taos in May; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 73°F and lows reach 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi ©

1
night
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Albuquerque attractions planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Albuquerque by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Tours
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Balloon Rides

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