7 days in New Mexico Itinerary

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Roswell — 1 day

Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): examine the collection at International UFO Museum and Research Center, steep yourself in history at Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico - BY APPOINTMENT 24 HOURS AHEAD, then admire the masterpieces at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Tokay Beaded Art.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Roswell online attractions planner.

Houston to Roswell is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Houston in October, things will get slightly colder in Roswell: highs are around 79°F and lows about 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carlsbad.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Carlsbad — 3 nights

Take a break from the city and head to Big Room and Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Carlsbad side-trips: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (Giant Dome, Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, &more).

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad sightseeing website.

You can drive from Roswell to Carlsbad in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Santa Fe — 1 night

City Different

On the 12th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, take an in-depth tour of New Mexico History Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Mama's Minerals.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Santa Fe takes 4.5 hours. In October, Santa Fe is little chillier than Carlsbad - with highs of 69°F and lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.
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Albuquerque — 2 nights

Duke City

Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, then get engrossed in the history at Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip app.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Fe in October since evenings lows in Albuquerque dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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New Mexico travel guide

Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.