Senior Citizen Travel to New Mexico–Part 1

Dec 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Travel

The Go New Mexico Travel Guide and Vacation Planner is a great resource providing complete and accurate information on the thousands of sightseeing attractions, tourist destinations, hotels, resorts, RV parks, and recreational activities. Sightseeing opportunities in New Mexico( NM) are plentiful and diverse. The NM Tourist Department provides information on tourist attractions. NM offers plenty of things to do for the senior traveler looking for a new adventure.

Whether you use a tour company or explore on your own, there are many attractions, scenic drives, sightseeing tours, and other fun adventures to be had. This photo gallery will keep you busy with 333 images almost to a point of being “overexposed.”  Check out Albuquerque’s Old Town a serene village that has been the focal point of community life since 1706. Quiet hidden patios, winding brick paths, gardens and balconies are waiting to be discovered. Oh yes, I discovered a rattlesnake museum close to where we ate at a very authentic mexican restaurant at Old Town Plaza.  Seniors…if you have never visited this city, drop by for a pleasant time.

The true Southwest is found in Albuquerque with a population of 487,378. The city has a rich culture and heritage, rooted in centuries of history. The sun shines 310 days a year- perfect for outdoor activities. Breathe in the high desert air scented with sage and piñon, and you’ll understand why Albuquerque is a destination like no other. Visiting Albuquerque allows you to experience the authentic Southwest.

The climate of Albuquerque is best described as arid with abundant sunshine, low humidity, scant precipitation and a wide, yet tolerable range of temperatures. One of the oldest cities in the U.S., the city boasts a unique multicultural heritage and history where Native American, Hispanic & Latino, Anglo and other cultural influences are a part of everyday life. You’ll always feel you’re someplace special when you’re eating at one of the traditional New Mexican restaurants, shopping at one of more than 3,000 shops and galleries, or enjoying world-class visual and performing arts or playing on the best golf courses in the Southwest. Nowhere is the confluence of past and present more dramatic than in Albuquerque.

Other great cities include Taos, Roswell and their UFO Festival, Las Cruces.  If you travel by automobile you will probably be on highway 40 passing through the state from east to west. Located about a forty minute drive east of Grants, NM, and 12 miles south of Interstate 40, lies the picturesque city of Acoma (AH-koo-ma), built on a massive sandstone mesa 367-feet above the valley and approximately 7,000 feet above sea level. Acoma is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America. The pueblo is open to the public only by guided tour. Acoma Pueblo was named the 28th National Trust for Historic Preservation site in 2007 and is the only Native American site in the nation. Well worth a visit.

The mystique of NM’s twenty-two American Indian tribes is extremely powerful. The Navajo, Apache and Pueblo cultures all call New Mexico home. Their unique languages, colorful dances, distinct arts and crafts, and cultural stories and traditions have been passed down through the generations and are intrinsic to the Land of Enchantment. In 1706, settlers founded Albuquerque, named for the Spanish Duke de Albuquerque. For over 500 years, Hispanic culture has influenced how New Mexicans work, play and live. Today, visitors can feel the vibrant Hispanic traditions across the state. From the food to the language and from the festivals to the arts and crafts, Hispanic culture is here for seniors to savor. More to come with NM #2 tomorrow!    jeb

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