New Mexico popularly called as the Land of Enchantment. It is situated in the Southwest of America. Earlier was a Spanish colony that was before the arrival of conquistadors in 16th century, then it became a Mexican colony and during the American-Mexican war in 1840s it formed itself as an American Territory which lasted till 1912. Post this year New Mexico achieved its statehood. New Mexico still has a large number of populations speaking Spanish and it offers a unique and distinctive culture that clearly stands apart and away from that of the cultures of other states. Tourists who visit New Mexico are mesmerized by the stunning beauty. This place gives ample of opportunities for outdoor recreational and also has some of the best regional cuisine to offer.
When it come to planning a holiday in the U.S. among all the travel destination New Mexico is said to be the favourite and top pick among the tourists. The fascinating beauty is the snow capped Mountains, national forests, dunes and its culture. It has always been a dream to encounter with extra terrestrial but it is not always possible to gather much information on UFOs from some Museum and Research centres in the state. New Mexico has always been picking the fine arts from different countries like Indian Pottery and Turquoise Jewellery.
Among all the cities of New Mexico there are few famous and popular among the Tourist and they are worth seeing. They are Santa Fe, Albuquerque & Roswell.
Santa Fe is the capital city of New Mexico. It is small in size but its ambience is very cultured and sophisticated. The art galleries & Studios of the city will give one a lifetime experience. The famous Indian market of the city is also worth visiting. As Santa Fe is one of the oldest capitals of the U.S., it has some major important museums and they are worth visiting; other attractions in the city are Palace of Governors and Loretto Chapel.
Albuquerque is one of the biggest cities of New Mexico. The chief attraction of the city is the International Balloon Fiesta held every year in the month of October. The true love of nature will find Albuquerque the best natural and scenic beauty place. On one side we see the city giving an impression of native American Culture with the presence of Indian Puebla Cultural Center and on the other; we get a impression of pre-historic with the impression historic rock carvings. With the presence of its restaurants, shopping centres and nightlife venues Albuquerque holidays gives a perfect reward.
Roswell is said to be the fifth largest city in the New Mexico and has turned into a pilgrimage sort of city after the UFO incident in 1947, in which it so happened that an Unidentified Flying Object carrying some extra terrestrial was crashed near the site of the city. One can collect most of the information in regards of UFO through the UFO Museum and Research Center.
There are lots of activities that may interest you as the culture of New Mexico is mixed and heterogeneous. Tourist of different destination will find the city attracted and will have a life time experience. The nature lovers will find lots of places which are worth viewing, the state is covered with snow capped mountains on one side and on the other side they have the surroundings of national forests. The art lovers will find lots of art galleries to explore and huge numbers of art museums. The state also has its one of the primary attraction as the collection of the archaeological sites. New Mexico is said to be the home of Natural Beauty and has a surprising variety in it.
Beside the scenic beauty New Mexico also has n number of activities that increase the interest of the tourists such as the Hiking, Mountain Biking, Skiing and Golfing. Also the International Balloon Fiesta held every year during the first week of October attracts lots of tourists as well as participants from the entire world. In the night, there are about 800 balloons of different shapes floating in the air. Seeing this, it seems the sky is filled with bright lights and colours. It is truly a life time experience to watch something like this.
The dinning in New Mexico is distinctive and has developed a regional cuisine which is often considered as a subset of other cuisine. Many components merge and the ranges that are offered starts from basic and are called a lunch fare which is incredibly elaborate.
The crime rate of the New Mexico is higher than that of other states of US but most of it affects the residents and not the visitors. But yet one has to be very careful while roaming in the cities of New Mexico.
|Santa Fe Coordinates: 35°40′2″N 105°57′52″W|
|Santa Fe Country||United States|
|Santa Fe State||New Mexico|
|Santa Fe County||Santa Fe County|
|Santa Fe Founded||ca. 1607-8|
|Santa Fe Government|
|- Mayor||David Coss|
|Santa Fe Area|
|- Capital City||37.4 sq mi (96.9 km2)|
|- Land||37.3 sq mi (96.7 km2)|
|- Water||0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)|
|Santa Fe Elevation||7,260 ft (2,134 m)|
|Santa Fe Population (2009)|
|- Capital City||73,720|
|- Density||1,927/sq mi (744/km2)|
|- Metro||183,782 (Santa Fe-Espanola CSA)|
|Santa Fe Time Zone||MST (UTC-7)|
|- Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC-6)|
|Santa Fe ZIP Codes||87500-87599|
|Santa Fe Area Code(s)||505|
|Santa Fe FIPS Code||35-70500|
|Santa Fe GNIS Feature ID||0936823|
|Santa Fe Website||http://www.santafenm.gov/|
|Albuquerque Coordinates: 35°06′39″N 106°36′36″W|
|Albuquerque Country||United States|
|Albuquerque State||New Mexico|
|Albuquerque County||Bernalillo County|
|Albuquerque Founded||1706 as: Alburquerque|
|Albuquerque Incorporated||1891 as: Albuquerque|
|- Type||Mayor-council government|
|- Mayor||Richard J. Berry|
|- City||181.3 sq mi (469.5 km2)|
|- Land||180.6 sq mi (467.9 km2)|
|- Water||0.6 sq mi (1.7 km2)|
|Albuquerque Elevation||5,312 ft (1,619.1 m)|
|Albuquerque Population (2010)|
|- City||541,615 (34th)|
|- Density||2,915.0/sq mi (1,126.9/km2)|
|- Metro||869,684 (MSA)|
4.9% American Indian
3.1% African American
|Albuquerque Time Zone||MST (UTC-7)|
|- Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC-6)|
|Albuquerque Zip Code(s)||87101–87125, 87131, 87151,
87153, 87154, 87158, 87174,
87176, 87181, 87184, 87185,
|Albuquerque Area Code(s)||505|
|Albuquerque FIPS Code||35-02000|
|Albuquerque GNIS Feature ID||0928679|
|Albuquerque Primary Airport||Albuquerque International Sunport-
|Albuquerque Secondary Airport||Double Eagle II Airport-