9 days in Albuquerque, Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Santa Fe Itinerary

9 days in Albuquerque, Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Santa Fe Itinerary

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9 days in Albuquerque, Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Santa Fe Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  9​h
1
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
End: Boston

2
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.
Balloon Fiesta Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, look for gifts at Blue Portal, examine the collection at National Hispanic Cultural Center, stop by Skip Maisel's, then explore and take pictures at University of New Mexico, and finally enjoy unforgettable views with Balloon Fiesta Park. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife West Nature Park, and then learn about winemaking at Gruet Winery.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Albuquerque trip itinerary site .

Boston to Albuquerque is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Boston in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Albuquerque, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Wildlife West Nature Park
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1
night
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.
On the 8th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant, then take in the dramatic natural features at Giant Dome, and then explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad Caverns National Park road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Albuquerque to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Albuquerque in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks Nature
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Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome

3
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): engage your brain at Bradbury Science Museum, then examine the collection at La Hacienda del los Martinez, and then admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Santa Fe takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in October, with highs in Santa Fe at 69°F and lows at 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taos, Bradbury Science Museum, Ghost Ranch
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Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
Ghost Ranch ©
Ghost Ranch

1
night
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
On the 12th (Fri), ride a horse along The Stables at Tamaya, appreciate the history behind Jemez State Monument, and then stop by The Candy Lady.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Albuquerque trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Fe in October since evenings lows in Albuquerque dip to 48°F. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Jemez Historic Site, The Stables at Tamaya
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Jemez Historic Site ©
Jemez Historic Site
The Candy Lady ©
The Candy Lady

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