New Mexico is a bucket list destination filled to the brim with must-see places. With a diverse terrain that encompasses desert and mountains, the area is naturally stunning.
As well as New Mexico’s natural beauty, the state’s Native American and Spanish history has combined to create awe-inspiring architecture, perfect for all visitors to see.
To get you started, we’ve handpicked our five top things to see in New Mexico.
1) White Sands National MonumentJust southwest of Alamogordo stand the stunning White Sands National Monument.
The sand is made up of gypsum crystals, which are rarely found in sand because water would often dissolve the natural beauties.
Luckily, the Tularosa Basin is enclosed and therefore hidden from the elements. This allows the crystals to remain and gives the monument a naturally white and pristine appearance.
Be one of the thousands of tourists to come to the largest gypsum dune field in the world. Take one of the many hiking tours around the monument, or simply bask in its beauty with a loved one.
2) Albuquerque’s National Balloon FestivalIf you’re travelling in the first week of October, you’ll be right on time to see the wonders of the annual Balloon Fiesta.
For one week only, Albuquerque adorns its skies with six hundred hot air balloons. The Balloon Fiesta Park, situated in the north of the city, shows tourists a spectacle they will never forget. They even illuminate the balloons during dusk and night time- definitely one for the bucket list!
With admission costing as little as $10 per person, thousands of people flock to the city for the week-long spectacle – and so should you.
3) Carlsbad Caverns National ParkCarlsbad Caverns National Park comprises of over 120 caves – perfect for explorers of all ages! Explore the vast expanse of caves on a guided tour. Or, if you’re up for a bit of adventure, check out the ranger guided tours that weave you through canyons and slippery slopes.
4) Old Town, AlbuquerqueAlbuquerque was formerly a Spanish settlement in 1706, and the Old Town is set on the very ground of the original city. Three hundred years of history can be found in the cobbled streets, adorned with colourful huts.
The quiet pace of life on the clean Old Town streets is livened by street performers throughout the day and night. Watch the performances from the ease of many restaurants in the six mile area.
If you wander towards the north, you’ll reach the Church of San Felipe de Neri, the oldest building in Albuquerque. The building has been expanded to include a convent, museum and a rectory. Visitors are welcome into the church free of charge.
5) Chaco Culture National Historical ParkThe Pueblo people did not disappoint when it comes to buildings and architecture. Taking a stroll through the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, you can “wow” at the sights of history. If you’re after more adventure, you can take the hiking trails or rent a bike to explore the park in your own way.
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