In present-day New Mexico the past and the future meet. Here stand the ruins of ancient
cliff dwellings, not far from space-research installations that are triumphs of
up-to-the-minute technology. Near Alamogordo, where the world's first atom bomb was
exploded, Indian drums and the bells of old Spanish missions can still be heard.New Mexico
is known as the Land of Enchantment. Its sunny climate and many scenic
attractions act as a magnet for tourists. Vacation resorts abound in its mountains
and high plateaus. New Mexico has a wide selection of bed and breakfasts, country inns,
historic hotels, farm and ranch homestay B&B and urban inns. Unique natural wonders
may be seen in Carlsbad Caverns National Park and at White Sands National Monument.
Historic sites and stretches of primitive wilderness are preserved in other national park
areas and in state parks and national monuments.
Travel along Route 66 to the central region of the state, Albuquerque and find an
intriguing place filled with art galleries and museums where legends of the past come to
life. In the capital city of Santa Fe, you can visit the oldest church in North
America or shop about for crafts and artifacts in an open-air marketplace. Stay at one of
the charming NM bed and breakfasts and you may find where Georgia O'Keefe got her
inspiration from. Whether you are looking for a full vacation or a quick weekend away, New
Mexico is a great destination. Within a day's drive from El Paso, Denver, Phoenix, Salt
Lake City and Lubbock, and within a few hours of the Albuquerque Sunport, New Mexico ski
areas are easy to get to by car or plane.