8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Omaha
Fly + Drive:  8​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:  5​h 45​min
End: Omaha

3
nights
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).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Carlsbad route maker .

Omaha to Carlsbad is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Omaha to Carlsbad. Traveling from Omaha in October, you will find days in Carlsbad are somewhat warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

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.
On the 8th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tramway Bike Path, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bombs Away Beer Co., and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Corrales Bosque. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, then engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and then hike along Piedra Lisa Trail.

Plan trip to Albuquerque with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

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 October, you will find days in Albuquerque are a bit cooler (73°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Piedra Lisa Trail
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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.
On the 10th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, then take in nature's colorful creations at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Barrio de Analco, view the masterpieces at Keshi, then stop by El Nicho, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe day trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in October, expect little chillier with lows of 41°F in Santa Fe. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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