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Long a haven for people seeking a peaceful Southwest lifestyle, this state offers glorious mountain views, fascinating history and beautiful Native American art. Visit New Mexico for an exciting vacation; you’ll find a full spectrum of tourism activities from art to adventure.
Santa Fe, the state capital, is an acclaimed cultural center. Investigate the Museum of International Folk Art or enjoy outdoor summer concerts at the Santa Fe Opera House. Wander around the city to see 400-year-old missions, multiple museums and eclectic art galleries.
This north central region has 300 sunny days a year; ski resorts in nearby Taos get 300 inches of snow each season. Together this means fantastic ski conditions. Enjoy great biking and mountain biking trails too. Just south of Santa Fe, tour turquoise mines and find hand-crafted jewelry in Cerrillos.
Albuquerque blends Native American and Spanish cultures in its architecture, food and art. In Old Town, see adobe homes and churches built to withstand the desert heat. Buildings are adorned with many small candles during the winter holidays. Explore local history and customs at the Petroglyph National Monument and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
Sample red and green New Mexican chile sauce on everything from burritos to ice cream. For shopping and art browsing, explore more than 100 boutiques and galleries, many focused on Southwestern goods.
Ride an elevated cable car on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway for panoramic desert views from the 10,378-foot (3,163-meter) mountaintop. Hike the trails in autumn for colorful foliage or ski the slopes in winter. Visit the Albuquerque Biological Park with aquarium, zoo and botanic garden. Attend the 8-day Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta to see over 700 hot-air and gas balloons. Take flight for unique views of balloons from above.
Travel south and make a side trip from Socorro to Pie Town to try some of over 100 flavors in the annual September pie festival. Nearby hike along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.
Don’t leave New Mexico without a trip to Roswell, believed by many to be a popular spot for alien visitors.