8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Artesia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Durham

2
nights
Artesia

Artesia ©
Artesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room, then take a memorable tour with Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Artesia tour website .

Durham to Artesia is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Durham to Artesia due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Artesia, with lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Artesia

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, then explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, then meet the residents at ABQ BioPark Zoo, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Albuquerque Biological Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip maker tool .

Getting from Artesia to Albuquerque by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Artesia, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Albuquerque, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
ABQ BioPark Zoo ©
ABQ BioPark Zoo
Albuquerque Biological Park ©
Albuquerque Biological Park

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo), Bradbury Science Museum (in Los Alamos) and Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (in Taos). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, and pause for some photo ops at Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument.

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Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Albuquerque in April since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Bradbury Science Museum, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Bradbury Science Museum ©
Bradbury Science Museum
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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