The Ultimate New Mexico Travel Guide
New Mexico: Home to several National Monuments, sites preserving rich heritage, and some awe-inspiring natural wonders, New Mexico really lives up to its nickname “The Land of Enchantment.” Here is my New Mexico travel guide outlining major New Mexico attractions!
To make it easy for you to navigate the content, I have organized my New Mexico travel guide into two sections. (1) A brief introduction to New Mexico, a little history, some geography, commute, and weather. (2) Major New Mexico attractions, if you wish, you can skip the introduction and move on to the next section, New Mexico Attractions.
History: The name “New Mexico” is an anglicized version of “Nuevo Mexico,” named by the Spanish for the upper region of the Rio Grande. “Mexico” is an Aztec term meaning “place of Mexitli” (Mexitli, an Aztec god). The area today known as New Mexico was ceded to the United States by Mexico after the Mexican American War. New Mexico was added to the Union as the 47th State on January 6, 1912.
Geography: New Mexico borders Arizona in the west, Colorado in the north, Oklahoma in the northeast, Texas in the east, Utah, in the northwest. Santa Fe is the state capitol, and these are some large cities in New Mexico – Albuquerque, Santa Rosa, Roswell, Las Cruces, Alamogordo, and Carlsbad.
Flight: Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) and Santa Fe (SAF) are the major airports in New Mexico, ABQ being the busiest.
Train: Amtrak offers passenger train service on the Southwest Chief that runs between – Chicago and Los Angeles, stopping at following New Mexico stations – Albuquerque (ABQ), Gallup (GLP), Lamy (LMY), Las Vegas (LVS) and Raton (RAT)
Drive: You can drive to New Mexico if you live in any of the neighboring states, but please be advised that you will have to drive a lot within New Mexico to get to the main attractions, so please plan accordingly.