8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
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Alamogordo
— 1 night
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and Big Room. The adventure continues: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park and explore the striking landscape at Giant Dome.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Dallas to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Expect little chillier evenings in Carlsbad Caverns National Park when traveling from Dallas in July, with lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Alamogordo

Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path, then learn about all things military at Tularosa Basin Museum of History, then learn about winemaking at Tularosa Vineyards, and finally explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Alamogordo tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Alamogordo in 4.5 hours. July in Alamogordo sees daily highs of 94°F and lows of 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

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Albuquerque

Duke City

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 24th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Coronado Historic Site, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cibola National Forest, and then trek along La Luz Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip planner.

You can drive from Alamogordo to Albuquerque in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. In July in Albuquerque, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

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Santa Fe

City Different

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): examine the collection at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, take in the exciting artwork at Mama's Minerals, then see the interesting displays at Palace of the Governors, and finally explore the world behind art at San Miguel Chapel. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Randall Davey Audubon Center, steep yourself in history at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Santa Fe National Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at The Harrell House Bug Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Traveler's Market.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 60°F in Santa Fe. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

New Mexico travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.