9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
1
Socorro
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Seattle

1
night
Socorro

Socorro ©
Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. On the 5th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, look and learn at National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and then learn more about the world around you at Mineralogical Museum.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Socorro trip planner .

Seattle to Socorro is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Seattle in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Socorro, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Socorro

Museums Childrens Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
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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 6th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Hall of The White Giant, then surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Giant Dome, take an in-depth tour of Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Carlsbad day trip planner.

You can drive from Socorro to Carlsbad in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome

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.
On the 8th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, and finally contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument, then engage your brain at Bradbury Science Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Mama's Minerals.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe driving holiday app .

You can drive from Carlsbad to Santa Fe in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Carlsbad in April, expect Santa Fe to be little chillier, temps between 67°F and 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Bradbury Science Museum, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

3
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.
Albuquerque Old Town and San Felipe de Neri Church will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque and Petroglyph National Monument. Step out of Albuquerque with an excursion to Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: get curious at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, take in nature's colorful creations at Albuquerque Biological Park, and meet the residents at ABQ BioPark Zoo.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

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