8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Carlsbad side-trips: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Big Room, & more).

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad trip planning app .

New York City to Carlsbad is an approximately 11-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Carlsbad. When traveling from New York City in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Carlsbad: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Tours

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
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 17th (Thu), get a taste of the local shopping with Nedra Matteucci Galleries, then relax and rejuvenate 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, shop like a local with Andrew Smith Gallery, Inc., then view the masterpieces at Keshi, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip website .

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Santa Fe takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Carlsbad in October, with highs in Santa Fe at 69°F and lows at 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Wine Tours & Tastings

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 19th (Sat), explore the galleries of New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and then hike along Piedra Lisa Trail.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Albuquerque planner .

Traveling by bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 48°F in Albuquerque. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Piedra Lisa Trail

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