[10 April 2014 Last updated at 11:50]

Interesting places to visit in New Mexico

Interesting places to visit in New Mexico
Top 10 Places to visit in the US
New Mexico is famously known for its beautiful and colorful flat-roofed houses built of adobe and many Native American pueblos (pictured) scattered throughout Santa Fe New Mexico.

New Mexico is also on my list of top 10 natural wonders in the USA, as it boasts some of the finest natural attractions found anywhere in the world such as a natural arch called La Ventana .


If you’re an avid hiker, New Mexico is a true hikers’ paradise boasting hundreds of trails that lead to cliffs where you can enjoy beautiful vistas and amazing landscapes.

To sum up the state and point you in the right direction, here it is my top pick of interesting places to visit in New Mexico:

Albuquerque

Albuquerque is first on my list of interesting places to visit in New Mexico because it’s the best place to experience what New Mexico has to offer.

If you’re visiting New Mexico for the first time, Albuquerque NM will also be the best starting point in the state because of the amount of interesting things to see and do in Albuquerque.

For instance, you can learn more about Native American culture at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and enjoy all kinds of interactive activities and exhibits at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History.

Albuquerque is also one of the best places to see the fall foliage in the states because of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta which is one of the most popular events in New Mexico.

El Morro National Monument

New Mexico boasts many national monuments that you can visit but El Morro National Monument is definitely one of the most interesting places to visit in New Mexico because of the unique rock art and old inscriptions found on the actual bluff.

El Morro Monument is not only home to many trails that lead through stunning scenery, but also unique ancient rock art and hundreds of inscriptions carved at the base of the El Morro by early settlers.

El Malpais National Monument

El Malpais National Monument is another attraction I am adding to the list of interesting places to visit in New Mexico because of the natural attractions found within the monument such as stunning rock formations and lave tube caves that you can explore freely.

El Malpais is another great to enjoy hiking tours and it's also one of the best places to hike in New Mexico because of the marked trails.

Both El Malpais and El Morro Monuments are located near the Cibola National Forest and they're within driving distance of each other, so if you’re planning on visiting El Malpais Monument you may as well add a visit to El Morro Monument.

Silver City

Next on my list of interesting places to visit in New Mexico is the small town of Silver City because it’s one of the best places in New Mexico where you can explore and enjoy fun an interesting cultural attractions.

Downtown Silver City is filled with historic buildings as well as art galleries and museums such as the Silver City Museum.

Apart from the cultural attractions, Silver City is an interesting place to visit also because it was the home of one of the most infamous outlaws in the Old West –Billy the Kid.

If you're interested, you can actually visit the cabin where Billy the Kid actually grew up and spent its childhood.

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

If you’re basing your vacation in Silver City NM or are planning on visiting this place on a day trip, you may want to structure your trip to Silver City to also fit a visit to Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is on my list of interesting places to visit in New Mexico because of the stunning ancient cave dwellings.

If you’ve been to the ancient dwellings at Mesa Verde Monument in Colorado, the Gila cliff Dwellings are much smaller but still amazing, even more, because of their remote and isolated location.

Taos

Taos is another of the interesting places to visit in New Mexico, especially if you’re exploring the northern region of the state.

Taos is actually one of the oldest cites in the United States as it was founded in late 1300’s by a Native American tribe.

Today, you can marvel at unique Spanish colonial structures such as churches built of adobe such as the Church of San Jose De Gracia built in late 1700’s.

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