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:  4​h 30​min
4
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, then appreciate the history behind Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Rivers Recreation Area.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Taos tour itinerary planning site .

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 difference when traveling from Boston to Taos is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Boston in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Taos, with lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive 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 23rd (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, and finally contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, then hike along Canyon Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, and finally look for gifts at Wind River Trading Company.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santa Fe day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 52°F in Santa Fe. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trip

Cochiti Pueblo
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 25th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, and finally wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Albuquerque trip itinerary planning website .

Take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) 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

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Giant Dome, then get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Hall of The White Giant. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room, and then explore the fascinating underground world of King's Palace.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Carlsbad trip site .

You can drive from Albuquerque to Carlsbad in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In September in Carlsbad, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 63°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

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