This is the fourteenth in the series Travel Destinations in the USA for Your Retirement List. This destination starts with the Letter N. New Mexico is one of the most beautiful states in the USA.
New Mexico is a quiet state bordering Mexico sandwiched between Texas and Arizona. At first, you may think, ah, what can you do there. But trust me it is very pretty and very different from the rest of the US. First off is the architecture. They have made it a point to be different from the rest of the states. They follow Spanish, Pueblo and Tao architecture, complete with Stucco finishes and the flat roofs so common to the Native American designs. This gives an air of romanticism to the cities, which are all smaller and so more peaceful. The state is a haven for artists, both painters and other handicraft artists. You can see some of the creations on display in Santa Fe especially.
Vintage Car Show, Santa Fe, New Mexico
A fun thing to do is to visit an antique cars exhibit! There are more than 30 cars on show in beautiful condition in Santa Fe during vintage car festivals. If your family and friends are into car races and rallies, it is a paradise! We loved seeing the vintage and classic cars, and ooh-ed and aah-ed over them!
Sandia Mountain Cable Car Ride
The drive to the mountains themselves is scenic and the ride up to the peak of Sandia Mountain in the cable car is breathtaking!
The area around the tram station is awesome, I’m actually running out of words to describe the beauty…!
The 15 min ride is a lot of fun as it slowly makes its way up to the top. There are only two support towers for the cable car, so that is fascinating! the tram holds about 16 people standing. Grab a spot close to the front to get the best view.
New Mexico Road Trip Suggestion:
We drove from Colorado, so it was a long road trip.
Denver -> Taos -> Santa Fe -> Albuquerque -> Monument Valley -> Four Corners Monument -> Coral Pink Sand Dunes -> Denver
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