8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Carlsbad
— 3 nights
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Albuquerque
— 2 nights
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights

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Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Big Room, &more). It doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Carlsbad trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Newark to Carlsbad is an approximately 11-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Newark, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carlsbad, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Big Room ©
Big Room
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome

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Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©

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.
On the 5th (Tue), get curious at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Petroglyph National Monument, then don't miss a visit to New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Albuquerque travel planner.

You can drive from Carlsbad to Albuquerque in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Carlsbad in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Albuquerque: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©

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.
On the 7th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, then get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Santa Fe tour planner.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Albuquerque in November, with highs in Santa Fe at 54°F and lows at 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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