9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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.
When in Albuquerque, make a side trip to see Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos, approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, and grab your bike and head to Corrales Bosque.

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Chicago to Albuquerque is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Albuquerque due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in February, expect nights in Albuquerque to be a bit warmer, around 31°F, while days are much hotter, around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Bandelier National Monument
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Lion's Tail, Hall of The White Giant, & more).

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Drive from Albuquerque to Carlsbad in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Albuquerque in February, you will find days in Carlsbad are a bit warmer (65°F), and nights are about the same (34°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
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 out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo) and Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (in Taos). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument, don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road.

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Drive from Carlsbad to Santa Fe in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Carlsbad in February: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 51°F and lows are around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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