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
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h
End: New York City

4
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Museum-lovers will appreciate International UFO Museum and Research Center and Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Carlsbad Museum and Art Center and Downtown Historic District. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carlsbad: Roswell (Pecos Flavors Winery & Alien Zone Area 51) and Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, & more). It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Sitting Bull Falls and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Carlsbad trip planner .

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. Traveling from New York City in September, expect nights in Carlsbad to be about the same, around 63°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 86°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Roswell, Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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 6th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, then examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, then don't miss a visit to Santa Fe Plaza, and finally explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, then take in the exciting artwork at El Nicho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Carlsbad to Santa Fe in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Carlsbad in September; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 80°F and lows reach 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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