8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Denver

2
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque and The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Santa Fe), Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Albuquerque travel route tool .

Denver to Albuquerque is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Denver in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 67°F in Albuquerque. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bandelier National Monument, River Rafting & Tubing, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Big Room, & more).

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You can drive from Albuquerque to Carlsbad in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. While traveling from Albuquerque, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carlsbad, ranging from highs of 97°F to lows of 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

2
nights
Taos

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
On the 19th (Fri), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, and then see the interesting displays at La Hacienda del los Martinez. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, view the masterpieces at 203 Fine Art, then take an in-depth tour of Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Taos trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Carlsbad to Taos in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Carlsbad in July; daily highs in Taos reach 83°F and lows reach 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Horseback Riding Tours, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Horseback Riding Tours
Wild Rivers Recreation Area ©
Wild Rivers Recreation Area
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