What To See And Do In New Mexico

New Mexico is a culturally diverse state with a rich heritage. It was originally peopled by several Native American tribes, then it belonged to Mexico for a while. In the 1840's it became a part of the United States, finally being admitted to the Union as its 47th state. Therefore, you'll find evidences of the various cultural groups who have made New Mexico their home, in both the past and the present. Throughout the year you'll find many Native American and Mexican festivals, exhibitions, and craft fairs in virtually all parts of the state. New Mexico is also home to many historical ruins, so if you are a history buff, don't miss these. It's also home to the first atomic test site, which may also be of interest to some tourists. We'll also be highlighting the major cities in New Mexico that you may want to visit, such as Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Taos, and others; places to stay while on your trip, and other information you should find handy. If you love the outdoors and all it offers, such as lakes, mountains, forests and deserts, you'll find it all in one state.

Travelling to New Mexico

If you're planning on flying, Albuquerque, served by the Albuquerque International Sunport, has the most air service to it by major air carriers. Major airlines serving Albuquerque include Southwest, American, Delta, United, Frontier, Continental, and USAirways. The major car rental companies also serve the Albuquerque International Sunport, so you shouldn't have a problem renting a car from here to other New Mexico destinations. Amtrak serves Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Truth or Consequences. Greyhound Bus Lines have stops in Albuquerque, Farmington, Santa Fe, Taos, Las Cruces, Roswell, Raton, and many other cities. And of course, there's always the family automobile if you don't want to travel by commercial means.

Cities of Interest in New Mexico

We don't have the space to cover every city or tourist attraction in New Mexico, so we're just covering a few, and pointing to places where you can get more information. The official Tourist Bureau is a good place to start. You can view their vacation guide online, or order a hard copy to assist in making your vacation plans.

  • Albuquerque
    We'll start here, since this city is home to the only major airport in New Mexico. Alburquerque is one of the oldest cities in the US, boasts more then 3,000 shops and galleries, plenty of great dining experiences, spectacular weather and outdoor activities, and is called the hot balloon capital of the world.
  • Santa Fe
    Another New Mexico city full of history and things to see and do. With plenty of museums, historic sites, and outdoor activities to choose from, you're sure to enjoy visiting Santa Fe.
  • Taos
    Taos is just north of both Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and is a quick car ride away from both destination. Here you'll find more museums and historic sites, art galleries, outdoor activities, and even a scenic railroad tour with the historic Combres and Toltec Scenic Railway.
  • Los Cruces
    Located in southern New Mexico, many retirees come here every winter to escape the cold and snow of the northern states. Home to New Mexico State University, you'll find plenty to do here as well. Outdoor recreational activities, special events and historic attractions are just a few things you'll find of interest.
  • Truth Or Consequences
    We love the name of this town, although we're glad we don't have to write or type it daily. Located in the southwestern part of New Mexico, it's called the "water wonderland" of New Mexico. It's near geothermal hot springs, lakes and rivers, including the largest lake in the state: Elephant Butte Lake. Visit the Geronimo Springs Museum in downtown Truth or Consequences, and take advantage of the many tours and festivals throughout the year. And not to be missed are the area's natural mineral hot springs. Relax in the rejuvenating and therapeutic mineral waters at Truth or Consequences Mineral Hot Springs.

Things To See And Do

We've already mentioned the mineral hot springs, but there are other activities you will enjoy as you visit in New Mexico. Most of New Mexico enjoys about 300 days of sunshine annually, and unless you are in the mountains, you'll also enjoy mild winter temperatures. But there's good skiing in those mountains, so for a unique experience, consider a winter visit. Plenty of sightseeing activities, including historical and art museums, Native American museums, shopping, and tours of various types. Some examples include El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history museum in Santa Fe; the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival in (where else) Albuquerque; Albuquerque's Old Town; Taos Pueblo, in Taos--a 14th century village built by the Pueblo Indians; whitewater rafting, and more.

For More Information....

The best online sources for information on what to see and do in New Mexico include Tripadvisor and the official Tourism web page for New Mexico. Both give you good information on the sights and sounds, places to stay and eat, and most anything else you'd want to know before planning and taking your trip.

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