9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Hartford
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12​h 45​min
1
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
3
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Hartford

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Carlsbad side-trips: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Big Room, & more).

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Carlsbad journey maker app .

Hartford to Carlsbad is an approximately 13-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Hartford to Carlsbad. Traveling from Hartford in October, expect nights in Carlsbad to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

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 15th (Tue), get curious at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 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, examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, and finally engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Albuquerque journey maker .

You can drive from Carlsbad to Albuquerque in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Carlsbad, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Albuquerque, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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.
Explore Santa Fe's surroundings by going to Taos (Taos Pueblo & Rio Grande Gorge Bridge) and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip maker website .

Traveling by bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Albuquerque in October since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Taos, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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