New Mexico likely wouldn’t come to mind as one of the most popular US states for travelers to frequent, but they are likely doing themselves a disservice. The Land of Enchantment has much to offer.
Mrhudsonexplores.com exposes more about the wonderful state of New Mexico but here are 8 regions worth exploring and what you can find there. So grab yourself a margarita, let’s get into the heart and spirit of New Mexico.
Albuquerque is the most populated city in New Mexico (over half a million call it home), and its landmark event in early October is the annual Balloon Fiesta. Over 500 hot air balloons make it the largest hot air balloon festival on Earth, it’s quite a sight to behold.
Take the longest aerial tram in the US on the Sandia Peak Tramway. The 15-minute journey will allow you to spot some 17,000 miles of countryside and take you around 2 miles closer to heaven. Afterwards, head over to The Candy Lady. The Candy Lady has been an Albuquerque institution for those with a sweet-tooth for some 30 years; 20 flavors of handmade fudge, a licorice wall and flavors of candy unique to the state can all be found here at the sweet, little shop on San Felipe St.
‘Breathtaking’ and a ‘bucket list must do’ are commonly heard from those who’ve visited the Carlsbad Caverns. There are around 120 limestone caves to explore including The Big Room. If you visit between May and October stick around until dusk for the bat flight program to watch thousands of the creatures exit the caves on the hunt for food.
Rockabilly fans won’t want to miss the Norman Petty Studios! Norman Petty is famed for the production of Buddy Holly’s music, so it could be quite an emotional visit for dedicated fans. Book a tour ahead of your visit through the Chamber of Commerce, and then continue on to the Buddy Holly Center. After, cool down with an ice cream or soda from the Holly Hop Ice Cream Shoppe for a complete nostalgic experience.
Ahhhh! The Roswell UFO incident! Many restaurants, attractions, and stores have quirky alien themes; including the McDonald’s which has been built in the shape of a flying saucer! The UFO Museum Research Center Museum will capture the imaginations of all who visit, but will it raise more questions than answers?
Liquid Light Glass: Stop by to appreciate the art of glass molding. Shop for beautiful souvenirs or take a 60 minute, one on one class to learn how to artistically sculpt molten glass or join a group class to mold a glass cup or paperweight.
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If healing or relaxation is what your body calls for after some serious pavement pounding, the Riverbend Hot Springs will hit the spot with a mineral hot springs spa taking in the Rio Grande River and Turtleback Mountains. Though not for kids or large groups, you can get away from it all and stay the night for pure indulgence and recovery.
Now, how’s that margarita going? Time for a second?