Albuquerque, New Mexico – To much surprise, some of you think we’re still part of Mexico. Even though it was part of Mexico for a handful of years, it was actually home to the natives and part of Spain long before your cute little state was even thought of. Being the gateway to the west (the Spanish Trail), and one of the main hubs for commerce in the west, a lot of the west coast wouldn’t exist without New Mexico and it’s part in pre-American history. So face it! We’re tougher, more resilient, more resourceful than you, the list goes on… ;)
They don’t teach this in school folks, so you’re going to have to check it out for yourself if you’re a nay-sayer…
Enjoy the list…
1. We Have the Most Courteous and Unsafe Drivers
Being courteous is one thing. But make sure they aren’t parading you into a head-on collision. Be safe, use your blinkers, and always check your mirrors and look both ways before making any sudden turns or lane changes. Then you can waive thank you to the guy stopping 5 lanes of traffic to let you through.
2. Hitting the Open Road
New Mexico is huge, spaced out, very beautiful, and only accessible through expensive flights or driving on non-major interstates, other than the 10. You can say we’re pretty cut off from the rest of the world. After Route 66 was succeeded by major interstates, we’ve been kinda stuck like chuck (overly exhaggerating). If you want to get anywhere for less than 500 bucks, you’re going to have to fill up your tank and hit the road, Jack.
3. Hiking, Biking, and Sightseeing
With some of the most picturesque mountain ranges and high desert landscapes in the country, New Mexico is just about the most beautiful state in the country. From the low lands of the southern regions of New Mexico to the grandiose mountainscapes in the north, it’s definitely a sight to see in its entirety. Keep your eyes on the road though, there is a lot to see.
4. Green Chile
Being the producers of the world’s most famous green chile, the Hatch Green Chile and the big brother of California’s Anaheim Green Chile makes New Mexico one of the most sought after foodie destinations in the world. While you’re out traveling our eye-catching highways and byways, there are plenty of drool-worthy New Mexico food joints around every corner. Just be prepared to answer the state question, “Red or Green”.
5. Oldest Inhabited Places in the Country
Long before Columbus sailed the ocean blue, our Native American forefathers were here living it up in New Mexico. Being where the Spanish settled in the high northern New Mexico plateaus after many fierce battles with the natives, makes you realize why it was one of the most dangerous places to trek through in the days of early America, till the early 1900’s. Even now, in the post-2000’s, there are still many Native and Spanish families that have been here since. Many of us also have the warrior genetics in us, so please come with respect. In some ways, it still is the wild west.
6. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the long-reigning most photographed event on earth, then you’ve definitely missed out on just about the best eye-candy you’ll ever see. They even have an event called the Balloon Glow, where many of the most renowned special shaped hot air balloons in the world can be seen. Bring a few extra memory cards for your cameras, you’re going to need them.
7. Best Place to Photograph in the USA
There’s no surprise why they have been making movies in New Mexico since the silver screen. Mountains, check… Deserts, check… Cityscapes, check… Dusty small towns, check… I can go on and on. In other words, it’s just about the most interesting and unique place you’ll ever visit. Although there may be many skeptics on it being “The Best Place to Photograph in the USA”, those that do have never been to New Mexico.
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