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Things to Do on Vacation to New Mexico



The southwest corner of the United States is an area rich in both history and culture. Spanish settlers and Indigenous tribes lived in this stunning landscape for centuries before American colonists, leading to incredible modern diversity. Nowadays, the states in the Southwest still hold reminders of their founding cultures while offering tourists the comfort they expect. If you're heading down south to New Mexico this year, here are a few attractions you can't miss.


1. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science


If you're in Albuquerque, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is a must-see. This museum tells the story of the Earth with a special focus on the development of the southwest. While the exhibits here tend to rotate on a schedule, you can always expect to see at least four complete dinosaur skeletons, including one of the largest T-Rexes ever found. If you're traveling with kids, these exhibits will be an instant hit for the whole family.


Once you've worked your way through the museum floor, you can head for the attached planetarium to learn about the stars and space exploration. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History has one planetarium and two galleries dedicated to the study of space. In these galleries, you can look through their specialized telescope for a stunning view of the stars of the Milky Way. Staying at a hotel like Embassy Suites Albuquerque will allow you to explore the museum over several days so you can take in all it has to offer. If you want an inside look at the natural history of the Southwest, head for Albuquerque!


2. Carlsbad National Caverns


Another destination that people worldwide come to see is the Carlsbad National Caverns. These colossal caves were once part of an underwater coastline, but as the seas receded, the sediment eroded and formed the caverns seen today. The caverns were declared a national park in 1930 by President Calvin Coolidge. Since then, countless people have toured the massive caves and marveled at their beauty. Every year, around half a million people visit these caverns, making them one of the most popular destinations in New Mexico.


When you go to Carlsbad National Caverns, you have the option to take a guided tour of the trails or explore the openly-accessible rooms on your own. On a guided tour, you'll get the opportunity to see geological formations that date back millions of years to when the cave was still underwater, as well as learn how these sites need to be protected. Depending on the month of your visit, park officials can take you on both bat tours and star tours to see some of the natural spectacles the Guadalupe Mountains offer. If you're interested in incredible views that have captivated millions of people, Carlsbad is a must-see destination.


3. Meow Wolf Art Exhibit


For those who want something a bit more modern, the Meow Wolf art exhibit in Santa Fe is a fun, hands-on experience for all ages. This unique experience was developed to bring art to all five senses, making it a great destination for the whole family. Whether you're traveling for a bachelorette party or a family vacation, visiting Meow Wolf's House of Eternal Return will leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.


The Santa Fe exhibit has over 70 rooms with interactive art, each inviting you to touch and participate. No matter what age you are, this destination will help make your vacation to the Southwest memorable. Head to Santa Fe for good food and fun, funky art.


Overall, the southwestern corner of the US has plenty to offer. No matter why you're traveling, these attractions can keep your trip enjoyable.


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