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New Mexico’s long and fascinating history means there are oodles of must-see historic sites in the Land of Enchantment. The state has 46 national historic landmarks ranging from historic plazas to ancient rock ruins.
Pecos National Historical Park protects a pueblo which was once home to more than 2,000 people and also a church dating from the 1700s – it has thick adobe walls and impressive archways. In Santa Fe, the Palace of the Governors is one of the nation’s oldest government buildings. It holds a collection of artifacts dating from the Spanish colonial period.
North of Santa Fe, gorgeous Taos Pueblo is a collection of multi-story adobe houses which is one of the oldest continually inhabited communities in the nation. Also in Taos is the San Francisco de Asis Church, which was built in the 1700s. Las Cruces is a hidden jewel in New Mexico, and when you are there stop at Mesilla Plaza, which is a great spot to relax and is oozing with atmosphere – the backdrop is the San Albino Basilica.
Embark on a spiritual journey at El Santuario de Chimayo, an 1800s-era shrine famous for its divine healing and Good Friday pilgrimage.
See one the most iconic structures in all of Santa Fe. The Loretto Chapel, completed in 1878, is a Gothic Revival-style Chapel.
The Chapel was built for the Academy of Our Lady of Light (Loretto). Unlike the area adobe churches, the Chapel resembled the King Louis IX Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, France.
The ornate stained glass inside the Chapel came from Paris and the stone is from a quarries in Colorado and New Mexico. One of the focal points of the Chapel is "the Miraculous Staircase."
The 20-foot tall staircase has two 360-degree turns without center support, resting on the base underneath and against the choir loft. It surely is a sight to see.
Tour the Chapel to see the staircase, "one of Seven Wonders of New Mexico," and admire the beauty of the Chapel while traveling in the Santa Fe area.
Discover one of the most iconic attractions in New Mexico. The Old San Miguel Mission in Socorro is a part of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.
The members of the Parish and the Missions celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in unity with the Holy Roman Catholic Church. They offer Christian love to everyone who walks through the door.
While in southern New Mexico, take time to explore the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, for a fun afternoon outside.
There are many different and fun ways to explore New Mexico. You'll find a range of attractions and outdoor fun – just be sure to include a stop at Old San Miguel.
Of the many historic sites to see in New Mexico, the Four Corners Vietnam Memorial Wall is one of the premier locations. It honors those soldiers killed and missing in action during the Vietnam War. All veterans who served during the war are also memorialized. The Memorial Park is located on the corners of North Butler and Carlton Streets in downtown Farmington.
Located in the charming city of Farmington at the junction of the San Juan River, the Animas River, and the La Plata River, the city boasts of beautiful trails along the rivers. While in Farmington, check your swing and play a round of golf at the Pinon Hills Golf Course, one of the top public courses in the country. Enjoy a short drive to Bloomfield and make the most of your time in northwest New Mexico.