9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Wichita
Drive:  11​h 45​min
1
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Wichita
— 1 night
End: Wichita

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Big Room and Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Step out of the city life by going to Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and Giant Dome. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of King's Palace and explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park travel itinerary planner .

Wichita to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Wichita to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Wichita in March, with highs in Carlsbad Caverns National Park at 74°F and lows at 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Guadalupe Mountains National Park ©
Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Tinkertown Museum, then examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, then examine the collection at Unser Racing Museum, and finally do a tasting at Casa Rondena Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at National Hispanic Cultural Center, then pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and then wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque day trip site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Albuquerque takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in March, plan for slightly colder days in Albuquerque, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Tinkertown Museum
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Tinkertown Museum ©
Tinkertown Museum
Unser Racing Museum ©
Unser Racing Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Monroe Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel Chapel, then view the masterpieces at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of El Santuario de Chimayo. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Tesuque Glass Works, then examine the collection at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, and finally do a tasting at The Wine Spot.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Albuquerque in March, with highs in Santa Fe at 61°F and lows at 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Wichita.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

El Santuario de Chimayo, Tesuque Glassworks
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San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture ©
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

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night
Wichita

Wichita ©
Wichita is the largest city in the U.S. On the 17th (Sun), get a taste of the local shopping with Old Town, then explore the world behind art at Wichita Art Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Strataca. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Great Plains Nature Center, learn about winemaking at Grace Hill Winery, then stop by Nifty Nut House, and finally hike along Arkansas River Trail.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Wichita online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Santa Fe to Wichita in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santa Fe to Wichita due to the time zone difference. In March in Wichita, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wichita

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trips

Strataca, Grace Hill Winery
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Strataca ©
Strataca
Great Plains Nature Center ©
Great Plains Nature Center
Wichita Art Museum ©
Wichita Art Museum

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