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New Mexico’s landscapes, smorgasbord of cultures and Wild-West history have earned it the nickname ‘Tierra del Encanto’ (‘Land of Enchantment’). Our specialists have explored the state for themselves and fallen under its charm. They’ll suggest ways to spend your time here, based on your interests, whether you’re making a flying visit on a Route 66 road trip or taking a few days to soak up the region.

Getting a feel for its history and culture, you’ll walk through Old-West towns once trodden by legendary outlaws and cowboys, and peer into centuries-old Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings carved into the rock at Bandelier National Monument. You can also explore the Spanish-colonial history in Santa Fe, one of the USA’s oldest cities, with its adobe houses and Baroque churches.

New Mexico’s landscapes encompass the snowy-peaked Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the sparkling gypsum-crystal dunes of White Sands National Monument. This breadth of scenery inspired much of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work, and you can view her art in the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe.

Elsewhere, Taos has one of the longest-established American Indian populations in the country. Here, you’ll see traditional multi-story Pueblo houses that have been lived in for more than a millennium. And, you can browse bohemian shops and galleries lining the historic Taos Plaza, a meeting point for trade and local gossip for centuries.

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Places to visit in New Mexico

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting New Mexico, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring New Mexico

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in New Mexico, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of New Mexico

Places & hotels on the map

    Places in and around New Mexico

    Accommodation choices for New Mexico

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit New Mexico. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown, Albuquerque

      Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown

      Medium

      Situated in Uptown, the Sheraton's rooms are all air-conditioned and offer city or mountain views.

    • Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

      Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

      Medium

      The Hotel Albuquerque is located in the heart of Old Town, offering first-class accommodations and amenities, including two on-site restaurants and bars, and an outdoor swimming pool.

    • Inn of the Governors, Santa Fe

      Inn of the Governors

      Medium

      Located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, the Inn of the Governors offers warm and welcoming guest rooms, decorated with Native American rugs, hand-carved furnishings and Spanish artwork.

    • Inn and Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe

      Inn and Spa at Loretto

      First Class

      Situated at the end of the Old Santa Fe Trail in the heart of the city, the Inn and Spa at Loretto recreates the look and feel of New Mexico's ancient Taos Pueblo civilisation.

    • Inn of the Five Graces, Santa Fe

      Inn of the Five Graces

      First Class

      Combining luxury with authentic Spanish style, the Inn of the Five Graces is one of the most stylish and centrally located hotels in Santa Fe.