New Mexico became the 47th state just over 100 years ago in 1912. Known as the Land of Enchantment, the state nickname was officially adopted at the end of the 20th century in 1999 because of the state’s beauty and rich history.
The capital city of Santa Fe and the most populated city of Albuquerque are just two of the many places in the state that certainly hold true to the Enchantment title given to the state. When you are visiting, there are several New Mexico attractions that you must see. A few of those include taking a trip to Canyon Road in Santa Fe and riding an aerial tram at the Sandia Peak Tramway.
When you are visiting, there are several New Mexico attractions that you must see. A few of those include taking a trip to Canyon Road in Santa Fe and riding an aerial tram at the Sandia Peak Tramway.
Here's a few of the most amazing New Mexico attractions you need to see for yourself.
Canyon Road – Santa Fe. Canyon Road features an incredible amount of history and culture in just a half-mile stretch. More than 100 establishments line the road, including art galleries, various boutiques, and delicious restaurants. If you are looking to learn as much as you can about New Mexico, then Canyon Road is a great place to start.
The Santa Fe Opera House. One might think that a night at the opera would mean a brief respite from the amazing views of the state. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth at The Santa Fe Opera House. This outdoor venue offers an amazing natural canvas for you to marvel at while you enjoy a night of entertainment.
Sandia Peak Tramway – Albuquerque. There might not be a better view in the entire state than at the Sandia Peak Tramway. Here you will ride an aerial tram for nearly three miles as you travel above the canyons. Your view will be of Sandia Peak, which is located in the Cibola National Forest, and of the Rio Grande Valley. The cost for a ride starts at $20 for adults and goes down from there for kids and seniors.
Cibola National Forest – Albuquerque. When you get down from your tram ride, take a closer look at what you saw from above, and check out Cibola National Forest. The lush forest covers more than 1.6 million acres of land and has an elevation of more than 11,000 feet in some locations.
Albuquerque Biological Park. Take a trip to the Albuquerque Biological Park, and experience a great four-in-one deal. The park consists of a zoo, a botanic garden, an aquarium, and Tingley Beach. Whichever part of nature is your favorite, the Albuquerque Biological Park will take care of you.
Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area – Taos. Wheeler Peak is the highest point in New Mexico at 13,161 feet and is located in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Covering nearly 20,000 acres, you'll see interesting wildlife at this impressive spot. Visitors have reported sightings of bighorn sheep, marmots, elks, and golden eagles.
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge – Taos. If your travels take you on U.S. Route 64, you will come upon the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. This magnificent structure is the fifth-highest bridge in the country, perched a mere 650 feet above the Rio Grande.
Where To Stay In New Mexico
These are just a few of the most amazing New Mexico attractions that you will enjoy on your trip. Some others top attractions include Carlsbad Caverns National Park and White Sands National Monument. Wherever you go in the state, New Mexico is sure to enchant.
Fortunately, your stay at a New Mexico bed and breakfast would best be taken care of by booking a room at one of the three Select Registry Inns that are located in the state. Located in the historic area of downtown Santa Fe, the El Farolito Bed & Breakfast offers 14 elegant guest rooms, all decorated in styles relevant to the area's colorful cultural heritage of Native American, Spanish, and Anglo inhabitants.
If you're looking for a garden oasis in Santa Fe, check out the Don Gaspar Inn. Each of the 10 rooms at this New Mexico inn has its own garden outdoor sitting area. The inn is also just a short walk from the Plaza, the heart of the city.
And don't forget about the Four Kachinas Inn in Santa Fe, New Mexico. With 6 guest rooms, this lovely inn exudes Southwestern charm and intimacy. Each morning of your stay, you'll be greeted by a delicious homemade breakfast featuring healthy dishes the locals love.
If you'd like to take a day trip to see the latter half of New Mexico attractions we listed, Santa Fe is only about an hour from both Albuquerque and Taos. When you do stay at one of these inns, be sure to also sign up for the Select Registry Rewards Program. You won’t regret it!
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