The neon lit front of the retro Blue Swallow Motel along Route 66.

Exploring the Spirit of Route 66 in New Mexico

Though officially decommissioned, Route 66 (now traced by I-40) is still alive in New Mexico in the form of neon signs and cruising culture. Hit the road, preferably in a convertible, and check out these retro sights.

Apache Crown Dancers performing at the 92nd Inter-Tribal Ceremonial in Gallup,NM.

Native American New Mexico, Ancient and Modern

Even if you’re visiting only a small area on your trip, there’s a lot of American Indian history to see in and around each place in New Mexico—but definitely try to schedule a visit around a dance ceremony at a pueblo, as this will give you the most memorable impression of the living culture.

A cheeseburger on a plate with green chili sauce.

The Best Green Chile Burgers in New Mexico

New Mexico isn’t only beloved for its rugged landscape and southwestern charm: it’s also home to some of the juiciest green chile burgers in the United States. Here are a few favorites that are sure to satisfy burger-lovers everywhere.

Afternoon sun turns the rocks orange behind the remains of Pueblo ruins.

Discover New Mexico

There’s a reason New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment. Get inspired to travel as author Zora O’Neill reveals what makes New Mexico special.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta fills the sky every October.

The Best Fall Festivals in New Mexico

When autumn settles over New Mexico, it brings crisp temperatures, clear skies, and brilliant colors, especially to the cool mountains. Therefore, fall is a great time to visit and enjoy a number of festivals and events in this southwest state. From the dazzling hues of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta to the delicious tastes and smells of the Santa Fe Indian Market, to the engaging songs of Native American ceremonial dances, there are exciting events to please every type of traveler around this time of year.