Visiting the Land of Enchantment for the first time? Well, if you’re making the trip for one of the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festivals, we encourage you to get out the binoculars and look around at New Mexico’s other attractions while you’re here! If you’d like see the city from above, plan a hot air balloon trip during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, or take a ride on the “World’s Longest Tram” up the dramatic Sandia Peaks just before sunset. If you enjoy the outdoors, the high-altitude city of Albuquerque offers 310 days of sunshine, challenging terrain and plenty of trails for hiking and biking. New Mexico is also a great destination for skiing and snowboarding, and has several spectacular golf courses.
Here just for the art scene? With Albuquerque and Santa Fe both being established art destinations, talent is everywhere you look! There are a variety of museums throughout the metro area, must-see galleries dotting Santa Fe’s famous Canyon Road, and live performances every night at Albuquerque’s historic Kimo Theatre. Learn from glass blowers at Tesuque Glassworks near Santa Fe, and then wander down the road see bronze pourings at the Shidoni Foundry. After a long day of sightseeing, there are plenty of award-winning New Mexican food restaurants with hot green chile, and a craft beer scene that’s even hotter.
After the show, wherever you go, we hope you stay a while!