New Mexico's license plates proclaim, "Land of Enchantment." That's not false advertising. When you're watching hundreds of hot air balloons soar against the shimmering backdrop of the Sandia Mountains as they do every October at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, you'll swear you've just disembarked into the Land of Oz. Events like this fill hotels up fast, though. If you're planning to visit the Land of Enchantment, it's best to make reservations for hotels in New Mexico in advance.
Albuquerque's Old Town, founded in 1706, still maintains a hacienda-style layout where adobe cottages cluster around a central plaza. The surviving adobes have been converted into galleries, souvenir shops, and restaurants. Throughout December, Old Town's streets and walkways are lit by thousands of luminaria. Luminaria are small paper lanterns illuminated by candles.
The towns of Santa Fe, Taos, and Las Vegas form New Mexico's Enchanted Triangle. Santa Fe is over 400 years old, making it by far America's oldest state capital. The city is famous for its art scene, which combines Native American, Hispanic, and Western influences. Spend a morning touring the Native American handicrafts and artwork on display at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and then enjoy the afternoon at the delightfully whimsical Museum of International Folk Art across the plaza.
The light has never seemed purer than it is in Taos, which sits on a ledge between the Rocky Mountains and the steep Rio Grande Gorge. The town is well known as a last retreat for 1960s-style hippies, but it's also becoming increasingly famous for its winter sports. Nearby Taos Ski Valley is the most popular snow resort in the Southern Rockies.
While Las Vegas may not have the cachet as its other two partners in enchantment, the town is filled with houses and other structures that have made their way into national historic registers. Las Vegas also makes a wonderful base for exploring the grasslands, croplands, and marshes of the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge.
New Mexico hotels range from Spartan guesthouses to lovingly restored 19th-century lodgings. To make sure you're getting the quality lodging you want, book reservations online using Expedia. You'll discover New Mexico hotel packages and other cheap hotel deals in New Mexico that afford you special discount rates on comfortable rooms throughout the state. It's easier tracking down a cheap New Mexico hotel deal in Albuquerque and the state's smaller cities than it is in Santa Fe, but you'll always find top prices on New Mexico hotel deals when you use Expedia.
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