8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Fly
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Albuquerque
— 1 day
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
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Albuquerque

— 1 day

Duke City

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 28th (Tue): engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque travel route planning website.

San Francisco to Albuquerque is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Albuquerque is 1 hour. When traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Albuquerque: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Santa Fe

— 2 nights

City Different

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 29th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in September, Santa Fe is little chillier at night with lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Taos

— 2 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Taos Pueblo has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, then take a tour by water with Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips, and then don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals. On your second day here, shop like a local with Enchanted Circle Pottery, then admire the masterpieces at Taos Art Museum, and then make a trip to Taos Pueblo.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Taos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, Taos is little chillier at night with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Alamogordo

— 1 night
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes White Sands National Monument. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Alamogordo trip website.

You can drive from Taos to Alamogordo in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Taos in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Alamogordo: highs are around 78°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

— 2 nights
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
You've now added Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room, then get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, then Head underground at Slaughter Canyon Cave, and finally explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail, take in the dramatic natural features at Giant Dome, and then Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip planner.

Getting from Alamogordo to Carlsbad Caverns National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. October in Carlsbad Caverns National Park sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

New Mexico travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.