New Mexico Top 10 Attractions

New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment because as soon as you visit, you will fall in love. There are natural wonders and deserts spread throughout the state as well as unique museums, such as one focusing on aliens. You can go skiing in New Mexico, go for hike, head to a museum, or spend the day with your family at a theme park. While traveling, you will find the finest Tex-Mex anywhere, as well as classic American dishes, all full of flavor and as much (or little) spice as you want. Here's an overview of the top 10 attractions in New Mexico:

1: White Sands National Monument

White Sands National Monument
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Murray Foubister

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.

Address: 19955 Highway 70, Alamogordo, NM 88310
Website: www.nps.gov

2: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

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.

Address: 4401 Alameda Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113

3: Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/sarahvain

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.

Address: 15 Entrance Rd Los Alamos, NM 87544
Website: www.nps.gov

4: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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.

Address: 217 Johnson St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

5: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia/Eric Guinther

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.

Address: 27 Carlsbad Caverns Highway, Carlsbad, NM, 88220
Website: www.nps.gov

6: Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Chaco Culture National Historical Park
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When you pay a visit to the Chaco Culture National Historical Park you can enjoy taking in the fabulous and awe-inspiring structures of the Pueblo people. This is a fascinating place to visit and an attraction that is designed to educate as well as inspire. There are plenty of activities that you can look forward to as well in addition to being able to explore the rich history of the site. Some of the activities you will be able to enjoy when you visit this attraction include biking and hiking trails, a guided tour to help you make the most of your visit and even talks around the campfire. This is a unique experience that will leave you with some great memories.

Address: Nageezi, NM 87037
Website: www.nps.gov

7: New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

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.

Address: 1801 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

8: Cumbres-Toltec Scenic Railway

Cumbres-Toltec Scenic Railway
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/My Train Pix

America’s longest and highest narrow gauge steam railroad, Cumbres-Toltec Scenic Railway runs between Chama, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado. This is a three foot heritage railway and dates back to the late 1800s. If you are a train enthusiast or simply want to enjoy a unique experience and timeless natural beauty it is well worth heading to the Cumbres-Toltec Scenic Railway. You can admire the scenery of the stunning Chama Valley as well as enjoy the exciting and historic experience of steam era mountain rail travel for yourself. A trip on one of the locomotives is one that will provide you with adventure and excitement.

Address: 500 Terrace Avenue, Chama, NM 87520

9: Loretto Chapel

Loretto Chapel
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Calling Loretto Chapel “historically significant” doesn’t quite do it justice. For one, it includes 19th century stained glass straight from Paris. It also includes the Miraculous Staircase, which includes two 360-degree turns and no visible means of support. The Loretto Chapel is located in Santa Fe and was completed in 1878. At the time of its construction, Santa Fe was a city with a mixed culture of Spanish, Mexican, Native American, and American citizens. The chapel was constructed as a way to bring together Santa Fe’s citizens through religion.
Whether you are here for a visit or you are here to hold special events like weddings and anniversaries, you will enjoy the beautiful facade 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.

Address: 207 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501

10: Sandia Peak Ski & Tramway

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.

Address: 10 Tramway Loop NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122

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