Best places to visit in the lovely state of New Mexico

Sarah Lempa

I lived in New Mexico for 2 years when I was a kid. It’s a weird place, and I say that with a completely endearing tone. The nature is unreal for starters, and then you get authentic Mexican food and tons of art galleries and well, to this day I’m sold. Cheers to the American Southwest!!

Best places to visit in the lovely state of New Mexico

By Sarah Lempa
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I lived in New Mexico for 2 years when I was a kid. It’s a weird place, and I say that with a completely endearing tone. The nature is unreal for starters, and then you get authentic Mexican food and tons of art galleries and well, to this day I’m sold. Cheers to the American Southwest!!
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  • Sandia Peak Tramway
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    • travelempa I love this tram experience!! You get amazing views of Rio Grande Valley and none of the physical exhaustion, lol. Folks ski here in the winter, and in the summer its full of mountain bikers and hikers.

         
  • Taos Pueblo
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    • travelempa The pueblos in Taos are considered some of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the US, and I find them incredibly fascinating. The architecture alone is cool to walk around and look at, and the surrounding desert is also super beautiful.

         
  • Bandelier National Monument
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    • travelempa I absolutely love this place for its Pueblo history. There's a certain energy around that feels so strong, and I can't help but believe its from the land's history and heritage. It's magical. Petroglyphs and ancient structures are all over the place too, so it's really fun to wander around and uncover 'em.

         
  • Shiprock
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    • travelempa This beautiful place has a lot of significance for Navajo Nation. There's so much to learn about Indigenous culture in the US, and sites like these are some of the best places to start. P.S. its original name is Tsé Bitʼaʼí !

         
  • Four Corners Monument
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    • travelempa Four Corners is the world's best place for dad jokes. Yes, I can remember my dad excitedly shouting "I'm in four states at once!" And then hopping from one to the next in absolute awe... This is a fun one hahaha

         
  • Hot Air Balloon Museum
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    • travelempa Not that it rains a lot in New Mexico, but when it does, this one's a good activity. Personally I'd rather be *in* the hot air balloon IRL, but this is a pretty good place to start. Lol.

         
  • Frontier Restaurant
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    • travelempa I had to really rack my brain to remember the name of this place since I went when I was like 8 — but apparently it's still a thing — and if they still have their amazing homemade tortillas then PLEASE GO EAT ALL OF THEM. Sooo good!!

         
  • Pecos National Historical Park
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    • travelempa I have so many good memories of exploring the ruins of pueblos around NM as a kid. Pecos is just east of Santa Fe, so it's an easy detour, but definitely feels waaaay farther away from civilization based on how the site looks.

         
  • Roswell
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    • travelempa The USA's alien capital should not be passed up. My fondest memories from Roswell include persuading my parents to buy me a ton of miniature neon green alien dolls. For those of you reading this with kids, they're gonna eat this up.

         
  • Ah-shi-sle-pah Wash
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    • travelempa This kinda reminds me of that place from Game of Thrones (that was filmed in Spain). These hoodoo rock formations are truly wild and there's a bunch of archaeological intrigue around here too.

         
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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    • travelempa I remember going here as a kid — of course, it looked 100x more massive at the time, but it's still a freakin' giant chain of caves that are hard to wrap your mind around. Also, you can see a bunch of bats fly out of the caves at sunset which is pretty gnarly.

         
  • White Sands National Park
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    • travelempa I'm obsessed with this place! It's so strikingly beautiful that it looks photoshopped, and you can try your best (and probably fall on your ass) at sand boarding. Otherwise, staring at it for hours on end is also a pretty good way to spend your time there lmao

         
  • Sandia Crest
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    • travelempa Views for daaaays! For a breath of fresh air (literally) get your ass up here for a hike. The views are unparalleled and your lungs will feel like they had a spa day with how clean that air feels

         
  • Chaco Canyon
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    • travelempa I was maybe 8 years old when I went here, and what stands out the most to me was how magical the entire landscape feels. There’s an entire city built into a mountain! It’s so cool!