9 days in New Mexico & Bahama Itinerary

9 days in New Mexico & Bahama Itinerary

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9 days in New Mexico & Bahama Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
5
Bahama
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Tampa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip planner .

Tampa to Santa Fe is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tampa to Santa Fe due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tampa in December, things will get colder in Santa Fe: highs are around 45°F and lows about 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Taos, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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.
On the 18th (Wed), see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, then get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, contemplate the long history of Petroglyph National Monument, then get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and finally look for gifts at Skip Maisel's.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

1
night
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Alameda Park Zoo, then do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand, and then explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Alamogordo travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Alamogordo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. When traveling from Albuquerque in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Alamogordo: temperatures range from 56°F by day to 30°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
Alameda Park Zoo ©
Alameda Park Zoo

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 21st (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant, then get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then steep yourself in history at Eddy House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Giant Dome, take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail, and then stroll around Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Carlsbad trip planner .

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Carlsbad takes 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Bahama.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

1
day
Bahama

Bahama
Bahama is an unincorporated community in northern Durham County, North Carolina.HistoryBahama was originally settled around 1750 as the community of Balltown until the name was changed to reflect three leading families of the community: ll, rris, and ngum. On the 23rd (Mon), contemplate the long history of Stagville Plantation.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bahama road trip planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Carlsbad to Bahama. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. While traveling from Carlsbad, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Bahama, ranging from highs of 53°F to lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bahama

Historic Sites

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