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.
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 still 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. You will see some awesome wildlife at this spot. Some possible animals that might make themselves present would be a bighorn sheep, a marmot, an elk, or a golden eagle.
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge – Taos
If you’re travels take you on U.S. Route 64, you will come upon the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. This structure is the fifth-highest bridge in the country, as it is perched at 650 feet above the Rio Grande.
These are just a few New Mexico attractions that you will enjoy on your trip. Some others 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 four Select Registry Inns that are located in the state. The Don Gaspar Inn and El Farolito and Four Kachinas Inn are located in Santa Fe, while Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm is in Albuquerque, and Hacienda del Sol is in 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!
Photo courtesy W. Guy Finley