Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
6. Visit Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Starting with only 13 balloons in 1972, the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta has grown to become the largest balloon event in the world. The event is always the first week in October. This event has a huge follow. For best accommodations, you should plan and make reservations early.
New Mexico is well-known for its arts community. The state's art museums feature everything from folk art to glass to sculpture to paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe, but art isn't the only thing to experience in New Mexico. From ice caves to monasteries to flying saucer landing sites, there's something amazing to experience in every part of New Mexico.
There are parks, fairs, festivals, and tours held year-round across New Mexico. The Smoke Bear Historical Park in Capitan, the National Atomic Museum in Albuquerque, White Sands National Park, Carlsbad Cavern National Park, the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum and the War Eagles Museum in Santa Teresa are but a few of the choices. There really is something for just about every interest.
You can choose to paddle along a picturesque lake or to negotiate the white waters of a rushing river. Take a ride through the Old West on a historic train. Go camping and get away from it all. Encounter the unknown in Roswell. Maybe a long afternoon exploring the shops in Santa Fe is more your speed. Or the thrills of the Albuquerque adventure parks. No matter how many years young you might be, New Mexico is all about family fun.