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Los AlamosUnited States of America

The world’s first atomic bomb was created in the scientific research laboratory of this small town nestled in the Jemez Mountains.

The small New Mexico town of Los Alamos is home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where physicists crafted the world’s first nuclear bomb. Many of the region’s residents work at the nuclear research facility. Several attractions in the area, including a science museum and a historic society, are dedicated to the atomic past and present of the town. Away from the historic attractions, visit the scenic and rocky landscape of Los Alamos atop the Pajarito Plateau.

Find museums in the central area of the town. Look around the 40 interactive displays at the Bradbury Science Museum to learn about atomic energy and its history in wars. Peruse the temporary exhibits on a variety of themes, such as energy, nanotechnology and explosives. Try the audio tour that functions from your cell phone.

The museum of Los Alamos Historical Society sheds light on intriguing local geology, nature and human societies. See exhibits about the Manhattan Project, which centered on the construction of an atomic bomb by the physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer during World War II.

Next to the museum, visit the Fuller Lodge Art Center’s gallery. See traveling exhibits that change monthly. Take art classes and attend photography events in the building.

Explore the picturesque countryside around the town. Hike to Overlook Park for mesmerizing vistas of White Rock Canyon, the Rio Grande and the region’s rocky landscape. Visit fascinating cave dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo peoples at the Bandelier National Monument.

The town’s name comes from the Spanish for “The Cottonwoods” in reference to the trees dotting the vast countryside.

Reach the small town of Los Alamos by bus or shuttle from Santa Fe. Use one of the many direct bus services that take around 45 minutes to travel between the two areas. Many travelers choose to drive or cycle. The town is 1.8 miles (2.9 kilometers) from Los Alamos Airport. The Bandelier National Monument is located just outside the town.

Top Hotels in Los Alamos

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Los Alamos
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Los Alamos
2.5 out of 5
60 Entrada Dr, Los Alamos, NM
The price is $94 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 26

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Bradbury Science Museum, Bandelier National Monument, and Los Alamos Historical Museum. Pajarito ...

4.3/5Excellent! (326 reviews)

"It was very nice, glad they had breakfast, we also enjoyed that they let us schedule a time to swim"…"

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Los Alamos
Hampton Inn & Suites Los Alamos White Rock
Hampton Inn & Suites Los Alamos White Rock
2.5 out of 5
124 State Hwy 4, Los Alamos, NM
The price is $80 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Situated in Los Alamos, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Bradbury Science Museum, Bandelier National Monument, and Los Alamos Historical Museum. Pajarito ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (345 reviews)

"Diamond in the rough! You will enjoy your stay here."…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Hampton Inn & Suites Los Alamos White Rock
Comfort Inn & Suites Los Alamos
Comfort Inn & Suites Los Alamos
2.5 out of 5
2455 Trinity Dr, Los Alamos, NM
The price is $88 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Los Alamos Historical Museum and Bradbury Science Museum. Pajarito Ski Mountain is 7.2 mi ...

3.9/5Good! (253 reviews)
Convenient

"Well located but needing some refurbishing. Staff friendly and professional."…"

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

Comfort Inn & Suites Los Alamos

Popular places to visit in Los Alamos

Bandelier National Monument
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Bandelier National Monument

5/5(250 reviews)

Preserved 1,000-year-old cave dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo peoples are scattered throughout the rocky terrain of this vast memorial.

Santa Fe Plaza
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Santa Fe Plaza

4.5/5(1,686 reviews)

Home to many landmarks in the heart of the city, this spacious square evokes echoes of the Spanish colonial era with its markets, bandstand and live music.

Meow Wolf
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Meow Wolf

4.5/5(576 reviews)

Study the exhibits at Meow Wolf, a favorite museum in Santa Fe. Visit the shops and stunning cathedral in this walkable area.

Loretto Chapel
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Loretto Chapel

4.5/5(764 reviews)

A mysterious spiral staircase with no known origin is the highlight of this former church that now acts as a wedding chapel and museum.

Santa Fe Railyard
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Santa Fe Railyard

4.5/5(489 reviews)

During your visit to Santa Fe, you can do some window-shopping at Santa Fe Railyard. Experience the fascinating museums and lively festivals in this family-friendly area.

New Mexico State Capitol
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New Mexico State Capitol

4.5/5(364 reviews)

After visiting New Mexico State Capitol, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Santa Fe. Experience the area's fascinating museums and lively festivals.

Top things to do in Los Alamos

Urban Adventure Quest - Santa Fe
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Urban Adventure Quest - Santa Fe

$19
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of New Mexico
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of New Mexico

$10
Per adult
All-Inclusive Luxury Group Tour of New Mexico
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All-Inclusive Luxury Group Tour of New Mexico

$3,298
Per adult
Gourmet brunch in charming Santa Fe with chef Carolina
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Gourmet brunch in charming Santa Fe with chef Carolina

$50
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of New Mexico
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of New Mexico

$10
Per adult
Santa Fe Art Classes
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Santa Fe Art Classes

$95
Per adult

Reviews of Los Alamos

4.3

Top Destination

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4 - Good 37.5%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 28, 2019

Property is located in walking distance to many areas of interest

3/5 - Okay

Doreen

Oct 13, 2019

Other than the Bradley Museum and the walk around the little lake there wasn't much else of interest. It was a convenient sleepover stop from Albuquerque to Taos Pueblo (with time at Bandelier). The town has understandably moved on from its past.

5/5 - Excellent

BakerFamily

Jul 13, 2019

Had fun with the history of the Manhattan Project days and the dowtown museum about it.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 1, 2019

We spent a lot of time there. Very interesting!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 10, 2019

Lack of dining possibilities. Wonderful outdoor areas, trails and parks.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 6, 2019

Residents were very friendly, helpful, and kind. The town goes along at a very relaxed pace.

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