8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Omaha
Drive:  6​h
1
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Carlsbad
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Omaha

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.
Visiting Bandelier National Monument and Wild Rivers Recreation Area will get you outdoors. Head to Nedra Matteucci Galleries and Santa fe Society of Artistsfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Taos Pueblo (in Taos) and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, take in the exciting artwork at Andrew Smith Gallery, Inc., get a taste of the local shopping with Keshi, and look for gifts at Kakawa Chocolate House.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip tool .

Omaha to Santa Fe is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Omaha in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Santa Fe, with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Taos, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Bandelier National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument

4
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Do your shopping at Tokay Beaded Art and Alien Zone Area 51. Escape the urban bustle at Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and King's Palace. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Big Room & Carlsbad Caverns National Park). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, steep yourself in history at Eddy House, and admire the masterpieces at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Carlsbad trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Santa Fe to Carlsbad in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, Carlsbad is a bit warmer than Santa Fe - with highs of 94°F and lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Roswell
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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