8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Carlsbad
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
2
Taos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Springfield

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night
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Discover how to plan a Carlsbad trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Springfield to Carlsbad is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Springfield to Carlsbad due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, then explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, then explore the galleries of Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take a memorable drive along High Road to Taos, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Taos trip planner .

You can drive from Carlsbad to Taos in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Carlsbad in September, expect Taos to be little chillier, temps between 76°F and 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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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 17th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, then examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally make a trip to Santa Fe Plaza. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, then view the masterpieces at Mama's Minerals, then don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Taos in September since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, and then engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, then get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and then get curious at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque travel route website .

Traveling by bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, Albuquerque is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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