New Mexico September 05, 2016
The 12 Best Places In New Mexico To Explore On Foot
Since it’s the fifth largest state, the simplest way to travel through New Mexico is usually by car. However, once you’re in these 12 cities and towns, it’s easy to explore on foot. Follow an established walking tour past historical buildings, or ditch the map and wander down whatever gallery-lined alley strikes your fancy. When available, I’ve included links to free walking tours; if you’d prefer something more organized, consider signing up for a guided walking tour.
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The plaza is often the best place to begin a
That’s certainly the case with Taos. Discover this town’s history by strolling between locations like the Governor Bent House, Taos Inn, and Kit Carson home.
Mesilla is also centered around a lovely Plaza, the highlight of which is the Basilica of San Albino. The Mesilla Historic District is a National Landmark and, in addition to admiring the old and beautiful buildings, walking through here allows you to do a little shopping and stop for a meal at some incredible restaurants.
After you’ve visited Aztec Ruins National Monument, drive (or walk the 1.6 miles) to the start of
walking tour. It guides you through the significant buildings in town, constructed in the early 1900s, mostly along the well-preserved Main Avenue.
4. Las Vegas
See the historic highlights of Las Vegas on any of these
through the different sections of the city. Bridge Street and the Plaza are particularly scenic and Railroad Avenue is another interesting area. (Pictured: La Castaneda Hotel on Railroad Avenue.)
Gallup’s walking tour is unique and fun. A little over a decade ago, the city funded the creation of nine murals in downtown Gallup that can easily be viewed on
Three walking tours of the different sections of Socorro are available
Highlights include the San Miguel Church and the Garcia Opera House.
7. Santa Fe
New Mexico’s capital city is well suited to walking and you can reach many major attractions on foot. Meander along the galleries of Canyon Road, gaze at the stunning architecture near the Plaza, or see for yourself why the staircase in the Loretto Chapel is so miraculous.
helps you to identify the most interesting buildings (mostly along West Main Street) in downtown Artesia. The tour features some of Artesia’s History in Bronze monuments, which are scattered throughout town: the First Lady of Artesia and the three cattle drive sculptures called The Trail Boss, The Vaquero, and The Rustler.
Several parts of Albuquerque are best discovered on foot. The obvious one is the Plaza in Old Town, because the narrow one-way streets there are more pedestrian-friendly than car-friendly.
itinerary connects Civic Plaza Downtown with the Old Town Plaza. Nob Hill, with its hipster meets Route 66 vibe, is another neighborhood that lends itself to walking tours.
While it’s best to use a vehicle to reach Hillsboro, once you’re there, get out and stretch your legs with
historic tour of the town. (Pictured: The Crews House.)
11. Los Alamos
If ever there were a city with a unique and intriguing history, it’s Los Alamos.
walking tour covers Bathrub Row and the Bradbury Science Museum.
When the West was wild, it was a whole bunch wilder in Cimarron than in most other places. That makes the town’s history especially fascinating. Step back into the past with
(Pictured: Schwenk’s Hall, which was a saloon and gambling house back in the day.)
Do you like to explore cities on foot?
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