8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Oklahoma City
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
1
Artesia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Socorro
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Albuquerque
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
4
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Oklahoma City

3
nights
Artesia

Artesia ©
Artesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Artesia: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Big Room, & more). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Street Sculptures and browse the collection at Artesia Public Library.

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Oklahoma City to Artesia is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Oklahoma City to Artesia. In December in Artesia, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Socorro.

Things to do in Artesia

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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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 27th (Fri), 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.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Socorro trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Artesia to Socorro in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Socorro can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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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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.
On the 28th (Sat), examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, then sample the tasty concoctions at Bombs Away Beer Co., and finally let little ones run wild at A Park Above.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Albuquerque trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Socorro to Albuquerque in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Albuquerque are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Childrens Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

A Park Above
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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.
On the 29th (Sun), learn about winemaking at Casa Abril Vineyards & Winery Tasting Room, then explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, then hunt for treasures at Santa fe Society of Artists, and finally view the masterpieces at Keshi. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument, then take in nature's colorful creations at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, and finally shop like a local with Nedra Matteucci Galleries.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other 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. Traveling from Albuquerque in December, Santa Fe is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Casa Abril Vineyards & Winery Tasting Room
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