8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Antonio
Fly:  6 h
1
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
2
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Alto
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h
End: San Antonio

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, don't miss a visit to Canyon Road, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and see the interesting displays at The Harrell House Bug Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip planner.

San Antonio to Santa Fe is an approximately 6- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Antonio to Santa Fe due to the time zone difference. In December, Santa Fe is colder than San Antonio - with highs of 45°F and lows of 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trip

Cochiti Pueblo
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument ©
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Canyon Trail
Canyon Trail

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.
On the 25th (Fri), examine the collection at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ABQ BioPark Zoo, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, get interesting insight from Tours, and then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Albuquerque trip maker tool.

Getting from Santa Fe to Albuquerque by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Alto.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History ©
Balloon Rides
ABQ BioPark Zoo ©
ABQ BioPark Zoo

1
night
Alto

Alto ©
Alto is an unincorporated area of Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ruidoso Winter Park. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): make a trip to Monjeau Lookout, then contemplate the long history of Fort Stanton Historical Site, and then stroll through Ruidoso Winter Park.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Alto travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Alto takes 3 hours. In December in Alto, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 28°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Alto

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Monjeau Lookout, Fort Stanton Historical Site
Highlights from your plan
Ruidoso Winter Park ©
Ruidoso Winter Park
Monjeau Lookout ©
Monjeau Lookout
Fort Stanton Historical Site ©
Fort Stanton Historical Site

2
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Hall of The White Giant, then get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Slaughter Canyon Cave and then explore the striking landscape at Giant Dome.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Alto to Carlsbad in 3 hours. Traveling from Alto in December, expect nights in Carlsbad to be about the same, around 31°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Highlights from your plan
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome
Slaughter Canyon Cave ©
Slaughter Canyon Cave

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