If you want to get in a great vacation out West, there are many places you can go to. Majestic peaks stand tall in many states, and you can see the magnificent forests of the Pacific Northwest or the skiing and adventure of Colorado. However, if you’re looking for truly wide open spaces that don’t have beaten down tourist paths, then New Mexico might just be the place to go.
The self-proclaimed Land of Enchantment is one of the nation’s largest states by physical area, but also one of the smallest in terms of population. With a low population density, it truly has the breathing room you can use to decompress and let stress go while you visit a part of the country with seemingly endless sky. With mountain peaks towering over 12,000 feet and even a third of the state belonging to the Great Plains, the geographic diversity is stunning.
Flying in here is probably how you’ll come unless you’re within a state or two. Border states include Colorado, Texas, and Arizona. Several interstates and a number of major highways let you criss-cross the state, but Albuquerque, the state capital, is really the only major city in the state. So, flights from other states tend to only land here.
Once you are on the ground here, you can, of course, rent a car and get around on your own. Having said that, there are hotels you can stay at and then take bus tours around the state, or just stay in Albuquerque itself and enjoy the city. An annual hot air balloon festival is the largest of its kind in the world, and fans of Breaking Bad might also enjoy seeing some of the locations the famous show filmed at.