Albuquerque--New Mexico's largest city. It's home to several busy Indian Gaming Casinos, the International Balloon Fiesta, and the Albuquerque Sandia Peak Tramway, the world's longest. The contrasts of this beautiful land attract artists and travelers from around the world. The most difficult challenge in planning any vacations in New Mexico is choosing where -- from the many amazing places -- to spend your time.
If you only have a weekend, any one of the following destinations (a short list) would be well worth the trip. And if you're lucky enough to have a week or more, combine two or more of the stops for a New Mexico vacation you won't soon forget. The state boasts 23 scenic byways and historic trails, six of which are national level byways. Experiencing the views and solitude from these highways and trails would be enough to quench your thirst for beauty of any New Mexico vacations for a long while.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
- hiking and cave exploration for the outdoors lover. There are many trails and caves here which are out of the way and not well known by tourists.
Las Cruces - In the southern part of the state, and home to New Mexico State University Las Cruces contains a small Mexican village--Mesilla--with grand old haciendas, and where the slow pace of Mexico has not yet caught up with hectic modern times.
Like many people who are considering vacations to New Mexico, you may be something of an outdoor enthusiast. If that is the case, last minute vacations to New Mexico truly would be the perfect ticket for you with her National Parks.
White Sands National Monument - a beautiful, very different, national park to take active kids (or kids who've been cooped up in the car too long). This place is perfect for camping out under a full moon.
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument - another extraordinary place to see the Anasazi Indian ruins...read more »
Like the weather, change is no stranger to this culture-loving capital. We saunter around the rail yard, an upbeat addition that fringes the city's classic core, and browse through galleries that lure the more cotemporary crowd. The fifty-acre plot is anchored by SITE Santa Fe, a warehouse-style venue that represents internationally-renowned artists. A short walk away is Sanbusco Market, hosting twenty-five chi chi shops. And twice a week anything home grown can be picked up in the popular Farmer's Market. At the heart of it all, is a historical depot and the Railrunnner, a commuter train that whisks Santa Fe-ans to Albuquerque in just over an hour....read more »