8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  6​h
1
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
2
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Houston

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 25th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and then take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Sitting Bull Falls and then Head underground at Big Room.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip generator.

Houston to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Houston in December, expect Carlsbad Caverns National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 58°F and 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Sitting Bull Falls
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Sitting Bull Falls ©
Sitting Bull Falls
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

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Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): look for gifts at Twirl.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Taos trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Taos by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in December, with highs in Taos at 38°F and lows at 11°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort
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Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort ©
Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort
Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Twirl ©
Twirl

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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 29th (Fri): examine the collection at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, look for gifts at Kakawa Chocolate House, then admire the masterpieces at New Mexico Museum of Art, and finally explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Santa Fe.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip generator.

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Taos in December, with lows around 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture ©
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
Ski Santa Fe ©
Ski Santa Fe

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.
On the 31st (Sun), trek along La Luz Trail, explore the striking landscape of Petroglyph National Monument, and then stop by Bookworks. Keep things going the next day: stop by Skip Maisel's Indian Jewelry, then see the interesting displays at Turquoise Museum, and then admire the majestic nature at Rio Grande Nature Center State Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Albuquerque trip builder.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. In December, Albuquerque is a bit warmer than Santa Fe - with highs of 48°F and lows of 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Rio Grande Nature Center State Park ©
Turquoise Museum ©
Turquoise Museum
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument

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