New Mexico

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in New Mexico

Canyon Road in Santa Fe

Right up there with New York and Los Angeles, Santa Fe is the third-largest art market in the U.S. This is the street for art galleries and local Native American jewelry and pottery.

Canyon Rd., NM, www.canyonroadarts.com
Tags: art | things to do | culture | gallery

Carlsbad Caverns National Monument

Some of the world’s largest known caverns are here. Tour the main caverns on your own or, if you’re feeling adventurous, explore “wild” (undeveloped) caves on a ranger-guided tour.

4.5 hours south of Albuquerque, NM, www.nps.gov/cave
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors | national park

Chaco Canyon National Historical Park

New Mexico’s Native American Pueblo culture was born in this remote, red rock canyon 1,000 years ago. Castle-like ruins are open for self tours. Warning: there’s not much else around.

2.5 hours from Albuquerque, NM, www.nps.gov/chcu
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors | history

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Built by the Mogollón people in the 1200s, these ruins in the shallow caves of a lush canyon wall in southern New Mexico are worth the trip.

2 hours north of Silver City, NM, 505-536-9461, www.nps.gov/gicl
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors | history

Sky City Cultural Center and Haak'U Museum

For a better understanding of New Mexico’s Native American community, visit Sky City, where families have lived in a traditional Pueblo on a mesa high above the desert floor since the 1100s.

Pueblo of Acoma, I-40, Exit 102, NM, http://www.acomaskycity.org/home.html
Tags: family | things to do | culture | history

White Sands National Monument

The world’s largest concentration of gypsum dunes brings out the kid in everyone. Play in this stark-white sand that stretches to the horizon, or hike amid the mesmerizing scenery.

4 hours south of Albuquerque, NM, 505-679-2599, www.nps.gov/whsa
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors | national park

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