America seems to be calling my name lately, especially with my move to Vancouver, British Columbia, looming closer. I am on a major search for new areas to explore. Naturally, with America sitting on Canada’s doorstep, I am going to be seizing every opportunity I can to spend as much time as possible travelling there.
After some recent trip research, New Mexico is just one of the locations that’s high on my list of places to visit in the U.S. right now. I have compiled a little wish list of places I plan to visit. Maybe some of them will spark ideas for that next trip of yours, too.
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Think glistening white sand creating a wave of dunes. That is exactly what White Sands in New Mexico can offer you. Here, you have the opportunity to camp amongst the dunes for a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience. This place is the world’s largest gypsum dune field and spans 275 square miles of desert landscape. Don’t forget to take a chance on a dune sled while you’re here, too!
At ABQ BioPark, you will find fun for all the family, both young and old. Within this park, you will find a zoo, botanic gardens, an aquarium, and Tingley Beach. With so much to see and do within this park, it’s understandable that you will want to spend a whole day here. There is a plentiful supply of accommodations close to the park where you can relax after a jam-packed day, so you have no excuse for not seeing it all.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
This national park contains more than 116 known caves, and some of them are the largest you will see in North America. Decorating the cave are several stalactites and calcite formations. This is also an incredible location to spot some bats in flight, and you can even join star parties in the evening, too. Dancing under the starry sky sounds pretty perfect to me!
Santa Rosa Blue Hole
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A bell-shaped pool with crystal-clear blue water, the Santa Rosa Blue Hole is home to hidden caves. The great news is that this spot is located just off Route 66, so you can easily add it to your road trip itinerary. The visibility in this pool is amazing because the water renews itself every six hours, making for a fresh lake each time. A much-loved location for scuba divers, the water here reaches depths of up to 80 feet.
Narrowing down this list was next to impossible, as it seems that New Mexico offers so many diverse landscapes and opportunities for exploring. So whether you’re planning to go underground to explore caves, run wild through white sand dunes, meet friendly faces at ABQ BioPark, or dive deep into the Santa Rosa Blue Hole, New Mexico has it all.
Do you have plans to take an adventure to New Mexico or have you already been? Let me know in the comments below.