Top 10 New Mexico Attractions


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If you have been feeling stressed out from your everyday routine, why not take a break and spend a few days away on a trip with your family? There are so many wonderful places that are waiting for you to see and explore. If you are planning your next trip, why not consider flying down to the exotic state of New Mexico? Here are the top ten attractions that you should be a part of your itinerary:
White Sands National MonumentWhite Sands National Monument

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1: White Sands National Monument

Lying right in the heart of Tularosa Basin are the magnificent white sands of New Mexico. Year after year, thousands of tourists visit this place just to witness its beauty. Here you can take romantic sunset strolls with your partner, or go on a tour of gorgeous buildings made with Southwestern style architecture. Take the Lake Lucero Tour to learn about how white sands are formed and explore the different flora and fauna that live within the area.

Website:

www.nps.gov/whsa

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Albuquerque International Balloon FiestaAlbuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
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2: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Witness a breathtaking show of hundreds of colorful balloons flying up to the skies during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta on October 5th through the 13th. Be prepared to snap away with your camera as the skies light up with a fantastic display of balloons. You can also take your entire family to an exciting balloon ride and experience what it is like to soar through the beautiful New Mexico skies.

Website:

www.balloonfiesta.com

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Bandelier National MonumentBandelier National Monument

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3: Bandelier National Monument

With over 33,000 acres of the most ruggedly beautiful canyon in the country, Bandelier National Monument provides you with an incredible trail hiking experience. Go on a 1.2 mile loop that starts at the visitor center going through archaeological sites. Their 3-mile trail will take you to the majestic Upper Falls as well as various trails that will take you all the way up to the mesa tops.

Website:

www.nps.gov/band

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Georgia O'Keeffe MuseumGeorgia O'Keeffe Museum
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4: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Dedicated to the artistic legacy of Georgia O'Keeffe, this museum opened its doors to the public in July 1997. Today it is known as one of the most visited tourist attractions in New Mexico. If you love art you will enjoy different exhibits of American Modernism through the masterpieces of Georgia O'Keeffe. Join different museum activities that are great for the entire family such as shell crafts, educational talks and entertaining performances.

Website:

www.okeeffemuseum.org

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Carlsbad Caverns National ParkCarlsbad Caverns National Park

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5: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

With more than 119 caves to explore, the Carlsbad Caverns National Park is the best place to visit for outdoor lovers. You may go on self-guided tours or guided tours as you explore the Big Room and the Main Corridor of the caves. For those who are looking for more challenging experiences, you can go on the ranger guided cave tours and have the time of your lives as you trek through rocky slopes and canyons and discover the hidden treasures hidden under these majestic caves.

Website:

www.nps.gov/cave

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International UFO MuseumInternational UFO Museum
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6: International UFO Museum

Have you always been fascinated by UFOs and aliens? Make sure to drop by the International UFO Museum. It is said that in July of 1947, during a thunderstorm, an alien being was spotted in Roswell, New Mexico. Since then, Roswell has been a place of interest for anything that is UFO related. Explore the museum to see different interactive displays and exhibits. Stay for interactive and interesting talks with research experts to enrich your knowledge about UFOs.

Website:

www.roswellufomuseum.com

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New Mexico Museum of Space HistoryNew Mexico Museum of Space History
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7: New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

Nominated as USA Today's Top Ten Best Reader's Choice Travel Awards, this museum is home to the most exciting displays of science and history. Watch shows about stars, galaxies and the outer space at the Planetarium and have a fantastic time at the museum's 3D IMAX Theater. Go through several galleries featuring dinosaurs, caves, and volcanoes that educate you on New Mexico's history. Visit the Naturalist Center where you can touch and interact with different specimen.

Website:

www.nmnaturalhistory.org

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Western Playland Amusement ParkWestern Playland Amusement Park
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8: Western Playland Amusement Park

For the most thrilling, most exciting, and most breathtaking rides, visit the Western Playland Amusement Park. This park has over 30 rides that will give you and your family unlimited hours of quality fun and entertainment. Don't forget to drop by the park's newly opened ride called The Hurricane.

Website:

www.westernplayland.com

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Loretto ChapelLoretto Chapel
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9: Loretto Chapel

Whether you are here for a visit or you are here to hold special events like weddings and anniversaries, you will enjoy the beautiful façade of the Loretto Chapel. Have beautiful photo ops at the chapel's majestic staircase and take home souvenir items with you from the chapel's gift shop.

Website:

www.lorettochapel.com

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Sandia Peak Ski & TramwaySandia Peak Ski & Tramway
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10: Sandia Peak Ski & Tramway

If you're an avid skier, you will have a fantastic skiing experience right here in Sandia Peak Ski & Tramway. The resort offers lessons for beginners at their certified snow sport school, you can rent different equipment from their complete rental shop, and while you are taking a break from all the skiing action, you can enjoy some refreshments at the Skier's Cafe.

Website:

www.sandiapeak.com

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