8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carlsbad
— 4 nights
Drive to Midland International Airport, Fly to Weston

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. On your second day here, stop by The Candy Lady, appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, and then engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip planner.

Weston to Albuquerque is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Weston to Albuquerque. When traveling from Weston in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Albuquerque, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Childrens Museums

Santa Fe

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, shop like a local with Mama's Minerals, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, and finally contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, then explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Canyon Trail.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Santa Fe online route planner.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Albuquerque in May, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Carlsbad

— 4 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 (Giant Dome, Big Room, &more). There's more to do: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park and cruise along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Carlsbad route planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Carlsbad by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Fe in May: high temperatures in Carlsbad hover around 87°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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.