8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 45​min
End: Dallas

2
nights
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Big Room. Escape the urban bustle at Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and Lion's Tail. It doesn't end there: Head underground at Slaughter Canyon Cave and explore the striking landscape at Giant Dome.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Carlsbad Caverns National Park tour itinerary maker site .

Dallas to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Dallas in July, Carlsbad Caverns National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Tours
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

1
night
Alamogordo

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 more about the world around you at Tularosa Basin Museum of History, then do a tasting at Tularosa Vineyards, and finally explore the striking landscape of White Sands National Monument.

For where to stay and tourist information, read our Alamogordo road trip planning app .

Drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Alamogordo in 3.5 hours. July in Alamogordo sees daily highs of 94°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Off the Beaten Path, White Sands National Monument, Tularosa Vineyards
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White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
Tularosa Basin Museum of History ©
Tularosa Basin Museum of History
Tularosa Vineyards ©
Tularosa Vineyards

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Coronado Historic Site, identify plant and animal life at Cibola National Forest, and then trek along La Luz Trail.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque day trip planning site .

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. July in Albuquerque sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Coronado Historic Site
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Cibola National Forest ©
Cibola National Forest
La Luz Trail ©
La Luz Trail
Coronado Historic Site ©
Coronado Historic Site

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.
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 examine the collection at Palace of the Governors, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Randall Davey Audubon Center, get a taste of life in the country at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, stroll the grounds of Santa Fe National Cemetery, then examine the collection at The Harrell House Bug Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Traveler's Market.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip itinerary builder site .

Take a bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Albuquerque in July since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
El Rancho de las Golondrinas ©
El Rancho de las Golondrinas
Santa Fe National Cemetery ©
Santa Fe National Cemetery

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