The state of New Mexico, in the desert southwest, is a popular tourist destination because of the variety and quantity of attractions. The gateway is typically the largest city, Albuquerque, which has a historic and well-preserved Old Town,
and a lengthy section of legendary Route 66, the classic highway from Chicago to Los Angeles.
The capital city of Santa Fe is even more charming, with its San Miguel Mission,
and its Palace of the Governors, situated on the city’s main square.
Our favorite sight in Santa Fe is the Loretto Staircase, an intriguing architectural structure with an interesting legend.
North of Santa Fe, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, lies the city of Taos, a Native American village which became a significant artist colony and now a tourist destination. The Taos Pueblo is a World Heritage Site and still functions as a Native American settlement.
Not far from Taos are the remains of a much older village. Chaco Culture National Historic Site preserves a series of pueblos which date to approximately 1000 AD. Pueblo Bonito is the best preserved village.
In the southern part of the state, White Sands National Monument is a stark reminder that this area was once part of an ocean.
My favorite sight in New Mexico is Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Not only is it one of the most beautiful and extensive cave systems in the world,
but the park also contains the famous bats which leave the cave each night to feast on flying insects.