New Mexico: Land of Enchantment

Monday, April 09, 2018

New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanic and Latino Americans, and the second-highest percentage of Native Americans (after Alaska). The state does not have the same amount of national parks as neighboring-states like Arizona and Utah. But, that does not mean, there's is nothing to travel to New Mexico for.

White Sands National Monument

The glistening White Sands of New Mexico almost resembles snow as the sunlight deflects off the fine sands. Sand dunes gathers as far as you can see and the other-worldly feeling grows as you leave the main road and begin walking across the burning sand.

A lone tree grows in White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, USA
White Sands National Monument truly is an astonishing place. We did a day tour from Albuquerque, which is a DAY TOUR. The national monument is quite far from everything else and it is a time consuming choice to visit. No regrets, though, since it's by far the best place to visit in New Mexico.

Breaking Bad in Albuquerque
Twisters on 4275 Isleta Blvd SW in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Albuquerque (and New Mexico for that matter) has really been put on the filming location map, since mega-hit series Breaking Bad rolled over the screens. There are several filming locations scattered throughout the city. From the White Residence (privately owned, show respect) to where Jessie Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) cooked meth for the first time (and Walter lost his pants). One of the easier ones to visit is the famous Los Pollos Hermanos. For this location a Twisters Burgers and Burritos was used. It's located on 4275 Isleta Blvd SW and the restaurant still embraced the fame. A large "Los Pollos Hermanos"-sign greets you as you enter the restaurant, along with a TV-screen showing "Breaking Bad"-episodes non-stop. A must for any fan of the show.

Route 66: Musical Highway
Musical Highway just outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Just outside Albuquerque, you can drive on the historical Route 66. And as if that wasn't enough already, somebody decided to built a "Musical Highway", by added carefully measured bump to a short part of the highway. If you're driving at the right speed (45 mph) you should be able to hear a little melody playing. The idea is nice, but the actual result is unfortunately not as impressive. But I mean, if you're there anyway, why not give it a spin?

Four Corners Monument

Technically the Four Corner Monument is not only in New Mexico. This is the spot where the four corner-states (Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico) meet, which gives you the opportunity to be standing in four different states at the very same time. The reason to include it in this post is, you're entering from the New Mexico side.
There are a lot of shops around the monument and all four state flags are waving in the wind. I've heard rumors, that the place of the monument is actually not the true place, where the states meet. Not sure if it's a hoax or not. Pretty cool place nonetheless.

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