Outside of Colorado, the first state I visited was New Mexico. I fell in love immediately and ever since it’s been my favourite state. Here’s why:
1. It’s beautiful
The land of enchantment is truly magical. The nature is diverse and offers endless opportunities for hikers and backpackers. Also there is the bird lovers paradise that is Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. I’m not much of a birder, I get just as happy to see a feral pigeon or a gull in the city than I am to see a sandhill crane in Texas. But the winter in that area means all the cranes and snow geese in the world. I love all the birds.
New Mexico has some of the oldest buildings in the continental US. Even after seeing lots of other Puebloan sites, Chaco Culture National Historic Park just blew my mind (and made the taste of honey crackers with tuna salad a bit more tolerable).
3. It’s a bit off the beaten path
New Mexico is a bit off from the beaten path, especially for young urban Europeans. Almost everyone I know who’ve been to the States have been to either New York, Los Angeles or maybe San Francisco or Miami. Before I visited I knew where New Mexico was, a couple of city names, but I had no idea what to expect. I had no idea I would end up visiting. I had no idea that I would just want to visit again and again since even after 6 visits there’s still corners I haven’t seen.
I on’t have a specific reason to love Albuquerque, I’ve just always liked it. Also, when visiting, I can’t help but to tell the same old Bugs Bunny or Breaking Bad jokes. Also, it’s a fun English word to pronounce.
5. The Variety
From deserts to forests filled with natural hot springs, the largest historic district in the US, huge caverns, dunes after dunes of blinding white sand, good old weird Roswell, ghost towns, mountain ranges. New Mexico is never boring.
What is your favourite state and why? What should I see there?