8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner

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Carlsbad
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Roswell
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Ruidoso
— 1 night
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Deming
— 1 night
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Albuquerque
— 2 nights
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Santa Fe
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Amarillo
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Abilene
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Boerne
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Carlsbad

— 1 night
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and then admire all the interesting features of Walnut Canyon Desert Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Sitting Bull Falls.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad travel route website.

San Antonio to Carlsbad is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from San Antonio in October, expect Carlsbad to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Roswell.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Roswell

Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): cruise along Singing Road.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Roswell trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Roswell takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ruidoso.

Things to do in Roswell

Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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Ruidoso

— 1 night
Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Apache Mission Church and then take a peaceful walk through Lincoln National Forest.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ruidoso day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Roswell to Ruidoso takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Roswell in October, plan for little chillier days in Ruidoso, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Deming.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Deming

— 1 night
Deming is a city in Luna County, New Mexico, United States, located 60 miles (97 km) west of Las Cruces and thirty-three miles north of the Mexican border. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at City of Rocks State Park and then explore the world behind art at Deming Arts Center.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Deming trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ruidoso to Deming in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Ruidoso in October, you will find days in Deming are somewhat warmer (31°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Deming

Museums · Nature · Parks

Albuquerque

— 2 nights

Duke City

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 21st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and finally make a trip to Madonna of the Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip maker tool.

You can drive from Deming to Albuquerque in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Deming in October: highs in Albuquerque hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Santa Fe

City Different

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 22nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in October, Santa Fe is little chillier at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Amarillo.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums

Amarillo

— 1 night

Yellow Rose of Texas

Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): make a trip to Second Amendment Cowboy.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Amarillo trip builder website.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Amarillo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, expect Amarillo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 9°C. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Abilene.
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Abilene

— 1 night
Abilene is a city in Taylor and Jones counties in West Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden and then pause for some photo ops at Jacob's Dream Sculpture.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Abilene route tool.

Traveling by car from Amarillo to Abilene takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Amarillo in October, things will get a bit warmer in Abilene: highs are around 32°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Boerne.

Things to do in Abilene

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Boerne

Boerne is a city in and the county seat of Kendall County, Texas, United States, within the Texas Hill Country. To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Boerne driving holiday website.

You can drive from Abilene to Boerne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 16°C. You will leave for home on the 24th (Sat).

Things to do in Boerne

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Wineries

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.