- New Mexico
New Mexico is one of the most unique states in the USA.
You'll be amazed as you traipse through the state admiring the landscape while getting to know the people and the legends by attending popular festivals and markets. Here are some ideas for when to plan your trip.
1. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Imagine standing in a field on the outskirts of Albuquerque at dusk, breath misting into the October air, watching as the bright glow of hundreds of flames lifted flocks of colorful bubbles into the air. It’s a beautiful sight, and one you won’t soon forget.
Sunrise at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
2. Hatch Chile Festival
There’s one thing for which the small town of Hatch, New Mexico is best known. And if you really want to learn what it’s all about, plan a visit during their annual Hatch Chile Festival in late summer.
The terroir of the region contributes to the Hatch chile’s unique flavor profile, and the crop is shipped all over the world every harvest season. At the festival, you’ll get to sample classic dishes that feature the chile as an ingredient, and of course grab a plate of rotisserie-roasted peppers to eat on their own.
The prized New Mexican Hatch chile grown in Mesilla Valley
3. Roswell UFO Festival
Roswell bombards visitors with little green men at all times of year, making the most of that infamous story of the UFO that allegedly crashed near the city in 1947. But the extraterrestrial extravaganza rises to a fever pitch during July.
Exploring the extraterrestrial legends of Roswell