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Bus Trip to New Mexico
Shed the inhibitions of your daily routines and plan a trip to a world of unbridled adventure amongst encapsulating landscapes. New Mexico offers mountains for hiking, art for appreciating and the chance to check off Route 66 from your bucket list. With a cornucopia of options for unforgettable thrills in New Mexico, it’s time to scratch the surface and find out what makes the state a fantastic destination for your next bus adventure.
Originally colonized by Spain, the United States purchased New Mexico in 1853, eventually admitting it to statehood in 1912. New Mexico would go on to become a frontier state for energy research in 1945 and remains that way to this day with many nuclear, solar and geothermal laboratories in the state. Perhaps what New Mexico is most notable for, however, is the famous Roswell incident — when a rancher discovered debris on his sheep pasture that many speculate were a result of a crashed UFO. Although the government claims these are only conspiracy theories, many people flock to Roswell for a chance at spotting flying saucers.
While most of New Mexico is largely undeveloped, the raw beauty of the state’s landscapes compensates for its lack of modern cosmopolitans — and the people like it that way. The culture of New Mexico is unquestionably influenced by the Indigenous people who make up most of the state’s population. These impacts are made obvious in the adobe houses and distinctive southwestern cuisine of New Mexico.
Where to Go
There are many amazing places for you to visit while on your bus excursion to New Mexico. Destinations which are saturated in indigenous history and enveloped by the raw beauty of desert and mountain landscapes. A great place to start your adventures is in the capital city of New Mexico — Santa Fe.
Originally founded as a Spanish colony in the early 1600s, Santa Fe is nestled beautifully in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Stepping off the bus, your senses will be delighted by the clean, dry New Mexican air. Stroll through the city streets and admire the Pueblo-style architecture that gives Santa Fe a charming and distinctive aesthetic. If you’re a fan of art, you’ll be pleased to know Santa Fe excels in the art world. Ranking as the third-largest art market in the country, the city is home to about 300 art galleries for you to explore. Take a walk down historic Canyon Road to fully take advantage of Santa Fe’s countless galleries. While you’re here, make sure to spend some time at the Santa Fe Plaza, where you can find a vast collection of eclectic boutique shops and gourmet eateries. If you’re hungry, visit Arroyo Vino, where chef Allison Jenkins serves a seasonal menu of genuine New Mexican flavors and an extensive wine list.
Without question, the city that defines every uniquely wonderful thing about New Mexico is the city of Albuquerque, and thus, should be considered the cornerstone of your bus trip to the state. Located in the high desert, Albuquerque serves as a vibrant oasis for travelers of all kinds. After your bus drives into the heart of the city, via the iconic Route 66, kick-off your exploration with a tour of Old Town. The traditional adobe houses that decorate the narrow city streets set the tone of Old Town’s charming atmosphere, where you can enjoy artisan shopping and traditional New Mexican cuisine. If you’re looking for a more modern experience, head to downtown Albuquerque to indulge in the buzzing nightlife and lively social scene. However, if you’re intent on enjoying the great outdoor experiences that New Mexico is famous for, the city of Santa Fe has you covered in that arena as well. Visit the Petroglyph National Monument to marvel at thousands of ancient rock carvings. Explore the ABQ BioPark, home to a zoo, aquarium and botanical garden. Or, take in the full majesty of New Mexico’s breathtaking landscapes from above in a hot air balloon launching from Balloon Fiesta Park.
Best Time to Visit
The best time for travel to New Mexico is during autumn — when the heat isn’t as stifling as it is during the summer. The fall months provide undoubtedly the best weather for enjoying New Mexico’s astonishing natural beauty. Another great time to visit is during the winter. The winter months in New Mexico issue in fantastic weather for skiing at one of the state’s many ski resorts. Finally, if you don’t mind the heat and are planning to travel during the summer, just be sure to pack light clothing and plenty of sunscreen.
Plan Your Trip Today
A journey to a land of majestic landscapes, southwestern cuisine and possibly some UFO’s is only a bus ride away. Purchase your ticket and start planning your adventure today!