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
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Socorro
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Albuquerque
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
4
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h
End: New York City

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Explore Carlsbad's surroundings by going to Street Sculptures (in Artesia) and Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Lion's Tail, Big Room, & more). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Eddy House.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad trip itinerary maker app .

New York City to Carlsbad is an approximately 11-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Carlsbad is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in December, you will find days in Carlsbad are a bit warmer (58°F), and nights are little chillier (31°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Socorro.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Street Sculptures
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome

1
night
Socorro

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

To see where to stay, ratings, and 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. While traveling from Carlsbad, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Socorro, ranging from highs of 53°F to lows of 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Socorro

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, then get curious 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.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Albuquerque route planner .

Traveling by car from Socorro to Albuquerque takes 1.5 hours. In December in Albuquerque, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 28°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Childrens Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

A Park Above
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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 2nd (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, then view the masterpieces at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, then admire the natural beauty at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip builder site .

Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, Santa Fe is slightly colder 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 time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Nedra Matteucci Galleries ©
Nedra Matteucci Galleries
Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens ©
Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens

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