9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

9 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Roswell
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Alamogordo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
5
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Toronto

1
night
Roswell

Roswell ©
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Roswell Museum & Art Center, then see the interesting displays at International UFO Museum and Research Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Historic District, and finally do a tasting at Pecos Flavors Winery.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Roswell trip maker.

Toronto, Canada to Roswell is an approximately 10.5- hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Toronto to Roswell due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Toronto, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Roswell, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Roswell Museum & Art Center ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center
International UFO Museum and Research Center ©
International UFO Museum and Research Center
Pecos Flavors Winery ©
Pecos Flavors Winery

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): Head underground at Big Room, look for all kinds of wild species at Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of King's Palace.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad Caverns National Park online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Roswell to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 2.5 hours. August in Carlsbad Caverns National Park sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

2
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. On the 16th (Thu), see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History, then do a tasting at McGinn's PistachioLand, and then take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Alameda Park Zoo, then savor the flavors at Heart of the Desert, and then don't miss a visit to Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Alamogordo travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Alamogordo in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wineries

Side Trips

Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, White Sands National Monument
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Alameda Park Zoo ©
Alameda Park Zoo
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
Heart of the Desert ©
Heart of the Desert

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 18th (Sat): examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures, get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and then get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

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

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Albuquerque takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Wildlife Transportation

Side Trip

Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph 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 20th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at ten thousand waves, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, don't miss a visit to Santa Fe Plaza, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally take in breathtaking views at Bandelier National Monument.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 16°C in Santa Fe. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Bandelier National Monument, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi ©

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