8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  4​h
1
Albuquerque
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, get engrossed in the history at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and finally stop by The Candy Lady. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Spaceship House, see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, and then wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Albuquerque trip planner .

Los Angeles to Albuquerque is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Albuquerque. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: high temperatures in Albuquerque hover around 49°F and lows are around 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

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

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: La Chiripada Winery (in Dixon), Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo) and Taos (Rio Grande Gorge Bridge & Taos Pueblo). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, make a trip to Santa Fe Plaza, and explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe sightseeing planner .

Take a bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Fe, with lows of 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

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

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Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Sitting Bull Falls and then admire the majestic nature at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, Head underground at Big Room, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Make your Carlsbad itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Carlsbad takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Santa Fe in December, expect Carlsbad to be somewhat warmer, temps between 58°F and 31°F. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Tue).

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Sitting Bull Falls ©
Sitting Bull Falls

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