8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h
End: New York City

2
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Giant Dome, surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant, explore the fascinating underground world of Slaughter Canyon Cave, and then explore the activities along Green Lake.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad sightseeing planning tool .

New York City to Carlsbad is an approximately 11-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Carlsbad due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carlsbad, ranging from highs of 97°F to lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Tularosa Vineyards, take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument, and then learn about winemaking at Heart of the Desert.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Alamogordo driving holiday planning app .

You can drive from Carlsbad to Alamogordo in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Alamogordo are 94°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trips

Tularosa Vineyards, White Sands National Monument
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White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
Heart of the Desert ©
Heart of the Desert
Tularosa Vineyards ©
Tularosa Vineyards

4
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.
Bandelier National Monument and Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Philmont Scout Ranch (in Cimarron), Wild Rivers Recreation Area (in Taos) and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire). There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe online trip maker .

You can drive from Alamogordo to Santa Fe in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Alamogordo in July; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 88°F and lows reach 60°F. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Philmont Scout Ranch, Wild Rivers Recreation Area, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Bandelier National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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