The Land of Enchantment
I travel a lot and when I move to a new location, I made sure to explore the places near me. It’s been 4 months that I live in Dallas and being new to the state means I got new playground. I’ve seen parts of Texas. I’ve explored Dallas, Houston, Waco and Austin but not San Antonio yet. Yet this time, I was more eager to visit neighboring states. I came up of an article and I entitled it, Where To Go. Part of that trip was New Mexico.
New Mexico is a state of the Southwestern region of the United States. Its capital and cultural center is Santa Fe and the largest city is Albuquerque. It is one of the Mountain States and shares the Four Corners region with Utah, Arizona and Colorado. It is also called as the Land of Enchantment, an official nickname of the state due to its direct reference to the history and beauty of New Mexico.
Here are the places I’ve visited while exploring the Land of Enchantment:
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a national park in the Guadalupe Mountains. Its primary attraction is the show cave. Visitors to the cave can hike on their own via the natural entrance or take an elevator from the visitor center. The visitor center is located at 727 Carlsbad Caverns Hwy, Carlsbad, NM 88220. Before heading to the Carlsbad Caverns, make sure to call them at 575-785-2232 for tour tickets or visit their site here.
Next on the list was about 3 hours and a half drive towards the west. It is located in Alamogordo.
White Sands National Monument is a United States National Monument. The monument is situated at an elevation of almost 1,300 meters in the mountain-ringed Tularosa Basin and comprises the southern part of 275 square miles field of white sand dunes composed of gypsum crystals. The gypsum dune field is the largest of its kind on Earth.
The visitor center is located in 19955 US-70, Alamogordo, NM 88310. Visit their site here for any questions.
I was on the road to my next destination that I have to make a quick rest area stop. Luckily, I got to a scenic historic marker.
Acomilla or Acomita (little Acoma) by the Spanish, these buttes form the walls of a narrow passage for the Rio Grande, along which hostile Apache frequently waited in ambush. Travelers had to organize into well-armed caravans to assure their safety along this section of the Camino Real.
The travel to the next attraction was about 3 hours and a half. It was a drive from Alamogordo to Albuquerque.
Next stop was San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church. It is a historic Catholic church located on the north side of the Old Town Plaza in Albuquerque. It is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the city and the old building in Old Town proven to date to the Spanish colonial period.
Just across the street from the church was the Old Town Plaza. It was also considered an official historic marker in the city of Albuquerque.
It is the historic original town site of the largest city, Albuquerque. It is listed on the New Mexico State of Register of Cultural Properties and is protected by a special historic zoning designation by the city. It follows the traditional Spanish pattern with a plaza at its center and a church surrounded by homes and businesses.
I skipped both Sandia Peak Tramway and Chaco Culture National Historic Park due to time constraints. I only have limited time in New Mexico and still have to visit part of Colorado. I was already on my way to Chaco Culture National Historic Park only to find out that I have to drive thru a dirt path for almost 30mins. I was driving my sedan car and traveling that gruesome path might encounter a car damage in the middle of nowhere, so I head back to the main roads instead.
Indeed, New Mexico is a land of enchantment. It has more tourist destinations to offer and they were very enchanted. It is very rich with culture, tradition and history. Not only that, it is also beautiful. The landscape is breathtaking that getting pictures won’t do justice to its amazing views.
Check my vlog on how beautiful the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, is.