The state of New Mexico is filled with incredible cities, towns, parks, historic sites, and much more. With so much to see, how do you decide where to go? We just made this process very simple! Read on to discover some of the best places to visit in New Mexico and where you’ll find them. Planning a Northern New Mexico vacation? Don’t forget to request a free copy of our Vacation Guide to discover even more must-see attractions!
Guide to the Best Places to Visit in New Mexico
1. El Santuario de Chimayo (Chimayo)
Located in the quaint and historic village of Chimayo, NM, the El Santuario de Chimayo is a legendary Catholic church that is viewed as a holy beacon in the religious community. Not only is it the site of several unexplained miracles, but it’s also the destination of an annual pilgrimage that takes place each Easter weekend.
Visitors from all over the world flock to the El Santuario de Chimayo to admire its simplistic beauty, participate in mass, and take a handful of Chimayo Holy Dirt, a soil only found within the church that is rumored to possess miraculous healing abilities. With so much history and local folklore packed into one place, no wonder it’s recognized as one of the best things about New Mexico!
2. Rancho de Chimayo (Chimayo)
If all of your New Mexico adventures have worked up an appetite, then a trip to the Rancho de Chimayo Restaurant is a must!
This gem is one of the most popular restaurants in Northern New Mexico and is even credited with bringing authentic Southwestern cuisine into the international spotlight. The menu is filled with delicious selections, all of which boast bold flavors and Southwestern flair. Some dishes, such as the Stuffed Sopaipillas, are a Rancho de Chimayo original! Don’t forget to compliment your meal with a refreshing and unique cocktail or a mouthwatering dessert.
3. Canyon Road (Santa Fe)
Located in New Mexico’s capital city, Canyon Road is every shopper’s dream-come-true! From jewelry and art to locally-crafted furniture and charming boutiques, you’ll find it all along this historic road in Santa Fe. Hundreds of years ago, this section of land was used for farming by the Native Americans. Today, it is home to one of the most incredible shopping experiences! Shoppers and visitors will also enjoy adobe-style architecture and old-world charm as they wander the streets, shops, boutiques, and restaurants of Canyon Road.
4. Museum Hill (Santa Fe)
Santa Fe is a city steeped in culture and history, and you can easily immerse in this environment during a visit to Museum Hill! This area of Santa Fe is home to some of the city’s most popular museums and attractions, including the Museum of International Folk Art and the always beautiful Santa Fe Botanical Garden.
If you plan on visiting more than one local museum, we highly recommend using a New Mexico Culture Pass, a ticket that allows you to explore 15 museums and historic sites for one unbeatable price!
5. Taos, NM
Taos is one of those unique places that stays with you long after your visit. The historic town, located just two hours south of Santa Fe, was believed to be the “City of Gold” by nomadic tribes hundreds of years ago. While you won’t find chests of gold in Taos, the town’s true treasure comes in the form of several incredible attractions and activities.
The Taos Pueblo is a traditional Pueblo village that has served as the home to the Taos Indians for more than 1,000 years. Visitors are allowed to venture into the village and experience for themselves what everyday life is like for the Native Americans. The Taos Plaza is another popular Taos attraction and the perfect spot to enjoy shopping, dining, and live music performances.
6. Hot Springs (Various Locations)
The volcanic aquifers that flow deep below the grounds of New Mexico have supplied the surface with healing mineral springs located throughout the state. Some of these springs can be found at spas and resorts while others require a short hike before you soak in the revitalizing waters. If you want to indulge yourself in these pools, there are several spots that we highly recommend.
The Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs in Santa Fe is the only place in the world that supplies four different kinds of mineral-enriched water in 11 pools. Giggling Springs is another popular spa in Jemez Springs that boasts therapeutic waters from ancient seawater deep beneath the Valles Caldera National Park & Preserve. Just grab a seat in one of the spa’s floating chairs and allow all of your worries to melt away.
7. Tent Rocks (Santa Fe)
Also known as Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks, this natural attraction is one of the best places to visit in New Mexico! The park consists of several cone-shaped rock formations that were formed by volcanic eruptions nearly seven million years ago. It truly is a sight to behold! During your visit, you’ll be able to hike the trails that wind through the Tent Rocks, enjoy lunch at one of the picnic areas, and search for local wildlife.
8. Bandelier National Monument (Los Alamos)
Dating back almost 11,000 years, Bandelier National Monument is where you’ll be able to see New Mexico’s famous cliff dwellings and artifacts from the Indians that lived there all those years ago. The monument protects over 33,000-acres of land that boasts evidence of human life dating back thousands of years. The hiking trails in the park will give you an up-close look at the caves and other natural attractions, including waterfalls!
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Located in the historic village of Chimayo, our enchanting bed and breakfast is the ultimate destination for romantic and memorable getaways in New Mexico. Each of our nine comfortable guestrooms boasts authentic Southwestern decor and antiques without sacrificing modern amenities that you love.
During your stay with us, you’ll also enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast each morning in our sunny dining room! Start your day off right with Southwestern-style entrees, hot coffee, fresh fruit, and more.
For intimate getaways, our Wildflower Room is ideal! You’ll enjoy a private bathroom across the hall, a cozy queen-sized bed, and traditional New Mexican floors. You and your sweetheart will be sure to make memories that will last a lifetime during your stay in this guest room.
Book your favorite accommodation with us today and we’ll see you in New Mexico soon!