Thursday, June 30, 2016

7 Beautiful Tourist Hotspots in New Mexico

I was so excited to have the opportunity to showcase the amazing state that I live in, New Mexico. Having family that live on both coast lines, I can't tell you how often I hear them ask me these questions: Do you have to pay extra to make phone calls to us? What is there to do in New Mexico? Contrary to popular belief, New Mexico is part of the United States; at least it says so on my New Mexico license plate (Are we the only state that actually has to put on our license plate: U.S.A.)? I had a friend visit me a few years ago and it was the first time he had ever seen mountains or a speed limit sign of 75mph... oh you deprived human being! So let me tell you about my home state with my favorite 7 beautiful tourist hotspots in New Mexico!


1. Loretto Chapel - Santa Fe, New Mexico 

This chapel is located in the heart of Santa Fe and houses the famous miraculous staircase. Besides the obvious, beautiful structure of this staircase, it is built without the use of nails. This staircase has two 360 degree turns and it was originally built without railings! Maybe it was the fact that I am not a fan of heights but seeing this in person was a bit freaky. Plus, my dad tried to convince the cashier that he should get in free because his middle name was Loretto (Oh Dad...).

2. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - Albuquerque, New Mexico

ABQ International Balloon Fiesta 

New Mexico is a international hot spot (for one week out of the entire year)! Albuquerque hosts this amazing week-long event in October that should be on everyone's bucket list! This event is the most photographed event in the world and for good reason. It is the perfect family-friendly event that everyone will enjoy. I love waking up and looking outside and seeing hundreds of colorful balloons in the sky of all shapes and sizes!

3. Sandia Peak Tramway - Albuquerque, New Mexico

 Sandia Peak Tram 

The Sandia Peak Tramway is the longest aerial tram in the United States and the third longest single span in the world! If you love the outdoors, you can take the tramway up the mountain where they have the ski lifts, restaurant, and numerous hiking trails or you can even hike up the mountain and take the tram down. A full day of fun outdoor activities for any family and it's open year-round!

4. The Frontier Restaurant - Albuquerque, New Mexico

I spent many college days in this restaurant as it sits directly across from the University of New Mexico. This might be the most famous restaurant in all of New Mexico. This building spans an entire block, as it should because it's always busy! Taste New Mexican style food here and you won't be disappointed! The Frontier has also appeared in books and the restaurant walls are covered in fun historical art work!

5. City of Roswell - Roswell, New Mexico

This is a well-known tourist spot that basically landed New Mexico back on the map as part of the United States. This city has really taken the alien sightings and turned itself into a sight-seeing destination! I've been there many times and I've always enjoyed taking family and friends through the town and checking out the Alien Museum. There's something fun about a place whose lamp posts are green alien heads!

6. White Sands National Monument, White Sands, New Mexico

White Sands 

I love advertising about White Sands to my friends and family who ask me if it snows in New Mexico. Actually, it really does snow in New Mexico but I always tell them we always have snow here because of White Sands. This place is kiddy heaven! Bring your kids, sunglasses, and your sled and spend the day riding down giant dunes of white sand! It's a snow day every single day there. Check out the trinity site where they tested the atomic bomb and don't worry it's safe!

7. Carlsbad Caverns - Carlsbad, New Mexico

By far my favorite sight-seeing destination I have ever been to. The Carlsbad Caverns is the fifth largest chamber in North America and the 28th largest in the world! I love going down the natural entrance to the caves (careful of the bats!) and making it down to the huge chamber at the bottom but for those that can't hike, you can take the elevator directly to the bottom and still enjoy the caverns! They are open year-round except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

It is called the Land of Enchantment for a reason, New Mexico is beautiful. I love raising my family here and we have had many opportunities to live elsewhere but New Mexico is always going to be our home. 

Let me know what you think! Have you been to New Mexico before and toured any of these seven beautiful locations? I'd love to hear from you!

About Katriza Luna 
Founder of Mommy Engineering. Family and friends call me Kaye but my personal favorite is Mommy. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to be at home with my two baby boys. As an engineer by career, and stay-at-home mom by choice, I write about how to “Invent. Innovate. Design.” After all, isn't that what mommyhood is all about? 

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