8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Taos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Boston

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.
On the 7th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, then appreciate the history behind Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, then snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and finally explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Taos online travel planner .

Boston to Taos is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Boston in November since evenings lows in Taos dip to 21°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Wild Rivers Recreation Area ©
Wild Rivers Recreation Area
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 8th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then steep yourself in history at 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 next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, then make a trip to Meow Wolf, and finally stop by Wind River Trading Company.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip planning website .

Getting from Taos to Santa Fe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Taos in November since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 10th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, and then examine the collection at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip builder .

You can take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in November, Albuquerque is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
San Felipe de Neri Church ©
San Felipe de Neri Church

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. On the 11th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and then explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail, explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant, and then explore the striking landscape at Giant Dome.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Carlsbad online attractions planner .

Getting from Albuquerque to Carlsbad by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Albuquerque in November, you will find days in Carlsbad are somewhat warmer (66°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). You will leave for home on the 13th (Wed).

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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