There's no better way to get acquainted with the Land of Enchantment than a driving tour through some of New Mexico's most scenic corners.
Why you should go: Beautiful byway scattered with historic and cultural sites.
"Wind through the foothills of the mountains, and follow a historic route once taken by Spanish settlers heading north from Santa Fe. The road enjoys breathtaking scenery interspersed with old churches and forts from the Spanish colonial days." Kristen Arendt
Mesmerizing mountain scenery and cute resort towns highlight this loop drive.
"Highlights along the route that make for worthy side trips include the Vietnam Veterans National Memorial, the Taos Pueblo World Heritage Site, and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. If spectacular mountain scenery is all you’re after you’ll find it in abundance." Kristen Arendt
If long road trips aren’t your style, this short drive packs a scenic punch into its quick 15 miles.
"There are plenty of pull-offs along the way for photos at the various scenic overlooks, especially of the Sangre de Cristo range receding into the distance. The area is particularly stunning in the autumn when the aspens turn bright gold." Kristen Arendt
Pass by red cliffs, steep canyons, bubbling hot springs, and stunning mountain vistas.
"Though you can make the drive in a single day, if you really want to soak up the area (and soak in the hot springs), plan an overnight along the route to get the most out of the experience." Kristen Arendt
Ditch the Interstate and take the scenic route through mining ghost towns with million-dollar views.
"Slow down and get off the beaten path on the Turquoise Trail. The road runs east of the Sandia Mountains and the scenery along the way is punctuated by quaint, small towns." Kristen Arendt