11 days in Santa Fe, Carlsbad & Las Cruces Itinerary

11 days in Santa Fe, Carlsbad & Las Cruces Itinerary

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11 days in Santa Fe, Carlsbad & Las Cruces Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Las Cruces
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
End: Playa del Carmen

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Nedra Matteucci Galleries and Traveler's Market. Museum-lovers will appreciate San Miguel Chapel and Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. Explore Santa Fe's surroundings by going to La Chiripada Winery (in Dixon), El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo) and San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church (in Ranchos De Taos). There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Keshi, admire the masterpieces at New Mexico Museum of Art, examine the collection at The Harrell House Bug Museum, and contemplate the long history of El Rancho de las Golondrinas.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe road trip tool .

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Santa Fe is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Santa Fe, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Playa del Carmen in December: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 8°C and lows are around -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Taos, El Santuario de Chimayo, La Chiripada Winery
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:
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Museum of Indian Arts & Culture ©
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Do some cultural sightseeing at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art and Carlsbad Museum and Art Center. Explore hidden gems such as Big Room and King's Palace. Get out of town with these interesting Carlsbad side-trips: Lion's Tail (in Carlsbad Caverns National Park), Guadalupe Peak (in Guadalupe Mountains National Park) and Roswell (Tokay Beaded Art & Roswell Museum & Art Center). There's more to do: walk around Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Carlsbad trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Carlsbad takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December, Carlsbad is a bit warmer than Santa Fe - with highs of 17°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Roswell, Guadalupe Peak
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Big Room ©
Big Room
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art ©

3
nights
Las Cruces

Las Cruces ©
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): walk around Dripping Springs Natural Area, learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, then contemplate the long history of Old Mesilla Village, and finally make a trip to Recycled Roadrunner Sculpture. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Heart of the Desert Pistachios & Wine, then get engrossed in the history at Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Geronimo Springs Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Cruces road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Las Cruces takes 3.5 hours. In December in Las Cruces, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 0°C at night. On the 29th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, Geronimo Springs Museum
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Deming Luna Mimbres Museum ©
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum
Old Mesilla Village ©
Old Mesilla Village

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