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:  8​h 15​min
1
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Seattle

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): Head underground at Big Room, then Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and then get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Bottomless Pit, then explore the striking landscape at Giant Dome, then explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant, and finally explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park travel route builder tool .

Seattle to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Seattle to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Seattle in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carlsbad Caverns National Park: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

1
night
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand and then take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Alamogordo trip planner .

Drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Alamogordo in 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

White Sands National Monument
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White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument

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 8th (Tue): make a trip to Santa Fe Plaza, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe day trip planner.

You can drive from Alamogordo to Santa Fe in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Alamogordo in October, expect Santa Fe to be slightly colder, temps between 69°F and 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel

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.
Visit Bandelier National Monument and Petroglyph National Monument for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum and New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society. Step out of Albuquerque with an excursion to Ojito Wilderness in San Ysidro--about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and get curious at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque sightseeing website .

You can take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, Albuquerque is a bit warmer at night with lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bandelier National Monument, Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, Ojito Wilderness
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