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Follow New Mexico’s illustrious art trails and learn about the colonial and Pueblo Indian history of this picturesque region of the state. Northern New Mexico is a vast area with spectacular red-rock scenery, Native American Pueblo villages and a thriving arts scene. Travel through its dense forests to appreciate the varied wildlife and vegetation. With major cities, sleepy rural towns and dramatic landscapes, this is an area of the state worth exploring.
Start your travels in the metropolis of Albuquerque , the state’s educational hub, to see its many universities and experience the vibrant cultural life that comes with them. Find out about the area’s past at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Stroll through the quaint historic center and relax in the Old Town Plaza, where you will find the 18th-century San Felipe de Neri Church.
To the north of the city are areas of spectacular scenery, such as the Valles Caldera National Preserve and the large Valles Caldera volcano. Visit the small village of Española for the carved Puye Cliff Dwellings that adorn the rock face of the Jemez Mountains. Explore more of the region to discover the Cibola National Forest and the Bandelier National Monument .
Continue north to Los Alamos and visit the Los Alamos Historical Museum to learn about the development of the atomic bomb in the region. A little to the southeast is the oldest state capital in the country, Santa Fe . Admire the Romanesque façade of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi and go to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum to learn about the artist’s life and work.
Visit the artistic towns that are scattered around the diverse region of North Central New Mexico. In Taos , peruse the artworks in Henningsen Fine Arts, the Taos Art Museum and the Harwood Museum of Art. On its outskirts lie the adobe structures of the Taos Pueblo.
Fly to Albuquerque International Airport and make your way north by car, rail or bus. Anticipate hot summer days with typically cold desert nights. Winters are harsh with plenty of snow to decorate the mountain peaks. On your travels throughout the state, be sure to sample the New Mexican cuisine to experience its array of spices.