8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Norfolk
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Roswell
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
2
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Santa Fe
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
4
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Norfolk

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Roswell

Roswell ©
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): examine the collection at International UFO Museum and Research Center and then engage your brain at Roswell Space Center.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Roswell trip itinerary planner.

Norfolk to Roswell is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Norfolk in April, expect nights in Roswell to be a bit cooler, around 45°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums Childrens Museums
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Roswell Space Center ©
Roswell Space Center

2
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. On the 15th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant, then take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail, and then get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Green Lake, then explore the fascinating underground world of Slaughter Canyon Cave, and then explore the striking landscape at Giant Dome.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Carlsbad day trip planner .

Drive from Roswell to Carlsbad in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in April, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome
Slaughter Canyon Cave ©
Slaughter Canyon Cave

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night
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 17th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, then see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum, examine the collection at The Harrell House Bug Museum, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Traveler's Market, then contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, and finally take a stroll through Barrio de Analco.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santa Fe holiday planning website .

You can drive from Carlsbad to Santa Fe in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Carlsbad in April; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 67°F and lows reach 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Bandelier National Monument and Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Albuquerque Old Town and New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Bandelier National Monument
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Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument

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