8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Carlsbad
— 3 nights
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Socorro
— 1 night
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights

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Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carlsbad: Street Sculptures (in Artesia) and Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Lion's Tail, Big Room, &more). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Eddy House.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad road trip planner.

New York City to Carlsbad is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Carlsbad due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in December: highs in Carlsbad hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Socorro.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Big Room ©
Big Room
Slaughter Canyon Cave ©
Slaughter Canyon Cave
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

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Socorro

Socorro ©
Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, see the sky in a new way at National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and then get a new perspective on nature at Mineralogical Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Socorro trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Socorro takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Carlsbad in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Socorro: temperatures range from 53°F by day to 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Socorro

Childrens Museums · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

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Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©

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 1st (Wed): examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, then engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bombs Away Beer Co., and finally walk around A Park Above.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip planner.

Getting from Socorro to Albuquerque by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in December, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Childrens Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Fun & Games

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A Park Above ©
A Park Above
Bombs Away Beer Co. ©
Bombs Away Beer Co.

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, then view the masterpieces at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, then take in nature's colorful creations at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe day trip planner.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, Santa Fe is little chillier than Albuquerque - with highs of 44°F and lows of 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Spas

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Nedra Matteucci Galleries ©
Nedra Matteucci Galleries
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument ©
Keshi ©
Keshi

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