8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Red River
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Charlotte

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Bottomless Pit. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room, then get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of King's Palace.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip itinerary builder .

Charlotte to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Charlotte to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Charlotte in May: highs in Carlsbad Caverns National Park hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

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Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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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.
On the 7th (Tue), soar above the sights with a balloon tour and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, then learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Albuquerque sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Albuquerque in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in May: high temperatures in Albuquerque hover around 77°F and lows are around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Red River.

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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Balloon Rides

1
night
Red River

Red River is a resort town in Taos County, New Mexico, United States located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. On the 9th (Thu), look for gifts at Wild Bills Ski and Snowboard Shop, get a taste of the local shopping with Kenneth Wyatt Gallery, then hike along Mallette Park Nature Trail, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Red River trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Albuquerque to Red River by car takes about 3.5 hours. When traveling from Albuquerque in May, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Red River: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

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Horseback Riding Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, then steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, and finally explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel and then don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Red River to Santa Fe in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Red River in May, expect Santa Fe to be somewhat warmer, temps between 73°F and 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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