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What to see in New Mexico
New Mexico is a sublime state for the adventurous among travellers, offering visitors outstanding natural beauty in the form of desert landscapes, gorges and canyons as well as a history and heritage most unique of ancient Native American and Hispanic culture. With vibrant cities to enjoy as well as the great outdoors, New Mexico makes for a unique holiday experience.
The state's capital, Santa Fe is indeed a great place to start. Offering visitors a great history made tangible in its many world class museums and galleries such as the New Mexico Museum of Art or the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, it is also a wonderful center for shopping, craft-collecting and gourmet cuisine. Resting at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, a journey to Santa Fe will mean exploring the remains of its 2,000 year-old Pueblo civilisation along the Rio Grande, and a colonial history dating back 400 years in the central plaza and winding alleys of the city itself.
Another city worth the visit is Albuquerque. For those with a taste for top class New Mexican cuisine and plenty of diversions to work off the culinary over-indulgence, Albuquerque is the place to be. Apart from the food there are a variety of active pursuits, from cycling to dancing. Families are also guaranteed of plenty of natural and recreational attractions, as well as excursions, to enjoy. Albuquerque also offers a taste of historic New Mexican life at attractions such as the Albuquerque Museum, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the exciting Museum of Natural History and Science.
The Land of Enchantment is a haven for those with a love for the outdoors, of course. The likes of the Carlsbad Caverns National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, gives visitors the chance to explore cave chambers and take on paved trails. The Taos Gorge Bridge also captures the spirit of adventure; rafting through it provides excitement as does merely gasping at it being the fifth highest bridge in the US and 650 feet (200m) above the Rio Grande. For avid hikers the Petroglyph National Monument is a popular choice; hikers can follow various trails and explore the Boca Negra Canyon.
Whether it's art, an incredible history or simply the fantastic outdoor excursions visitors are after, any interest can be satisfied in New Mexico; a state unlike any other.
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