Featured Destination: New Mexico

Be Amazed by the Enchanting Southwest

If you’re planning a visit to New Mexico, you’ll soon find yourself enchanted by all that this state has to offer. A rich history, flavorful cuisine and unspoiled natural beauty await. Put on some comfortable shoes, grab a camera and set off on an adventure in New Mexico. Hotels are near popular sites, so it’s easy to explore the “Land of Enchantment.”

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High Desert Haven

With approximately 310 days of sunshine all year, your family will always find a way to enjoy the city sights.

Visit Albuquerque

Colorful and Artsy

Surrounded by red rock cliffs and adorned with murals, this city along Route 66 has a native flair all its own.

Visit Gallup

Las Cruces:
Fascinating Geography

Gypsum dunes, dinosaur tracks, towering mountains and hot springs—what more could you want from a destination?

Visit Las Cruces

Santa Rosa:
Classic Americana

It’s like this stopover on Route 66 didn’t move past the 1950s with its old school vibe and vintage architecture.

Visit Santa Rosa

Hidden Desert Gem

Undiscovered country awaits you in this little-known town that’s warm, welcoming and friendly on the budget.

Visit Tucumcari

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Things to do in New Mexico

The State Charm

For the quintessential New Mexico experience, visit Santa Fe, the oldest state capital city in the U.S. With its signature adobe buildings, large artists’ and writers’ community and obvious Native American and Spanish influences, Santa Fe has managed to retain more than 400 years of charm. The Plaza, on the Santa Fe Trail, is the town’s cultural heart. This popular New Mexico attraction features markets, festivals and other cultural events.

Genuinely Native

Look even closer and you’ll find antiquity coexisting with the 21st century. Throughout this region, and down to Albuquerque, you’ll find ancient pueblos—villages of adobe homes often built into the hillside. Acoma Pueblo, just an hour west of many Albuquerque hotels, has been inhabited since the 11th century. Only about 50 of the tribe’s 2,800 members live here year-round, but many return for holidays and festivals—which is the best time to visit.

Dive Deep

If you prefer to SCUBA dive on vacation, book your New Mexico hotel near Santa Rosa’s Blue Hole. You might be surprised to learn that this 80-foot-deep artesian spring is one of the most popular diving destinations in the U.S. Thanks to the ingenuity of thousands of divers from around the world, it now features almost as many kitschy attractions underwater as the iconic Route 66 does on dry land. The “Mother Road” zigzags through Santa Rosa, leaving hints of yesteryear’s favorite road trip.

New Mexico Hotels

With so many distinctly different things to experience in New Mexico, you’ll want to take in the whole, unique state if you can. Start planning your trip by checking out Choice Hotels in New Mexico for great rates, rewards and travel-essential amenities.