8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
1
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
3
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Newark

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Explore Carlsbad's surroundings by going to Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Big Room, & more).

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad online vacation builder .

Newark to Carlsbad is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to Carlsbad due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in November, you will find days in Carlsbad are somewhat warmer (66°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): engage your brain at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, then learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and then wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, then make a trip to New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, and finally get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Albuquerque trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Carlsbad to Albuquerque in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Carlsbad in November, you will find days in Albuquerque are a bit cooler (59°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

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

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 7th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, then make a trip to Canyon Road, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip planner .

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

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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