New Mexico Vacation Rentals: An Introduction
A state in the American Southwest, New Mexico is dubbed as the land of enchantment and rightfully so, as the state has magnificent natural scenery, a spectacular arts scene, a distinct regional cuisine and a host of exciting outdoor recreational activities.
Browse through our New Mexico vacation rental listings and you should be able to find a vacation home in Albuquerque, Angel Fire home rentals, Ruidoso vacation homes and vacation home rentals in Santa Fe. We have all kinds of New Mexico vacation specials and New Mexico vacation deals that would allow you to have your best holiday yet.
New Mexico Vacation Rentals: Destinations
A vibrant and sprawling desert metropolis situated near the heart of New Mexico, Albuquerque does not only have a rich and colorful history but also a lot of attractions for all kinds of travelers to enjoy.
If you are planning to stay at an Albuquerque vacation rental, you can start your holiday by going to the Albuquerque Biological Park. Here, you would be able to visit the Albuquerque Aquarium, the Rio Grande Zoo, the Rio Grande Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach. This attraction alone offers plenty of things to see and do for your entire family so staying nearby would be a convenient option.
Afterwards, you can visit several museums and cultural destinations such as the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History and the Unser Racing Museum.
You can also head to Old Town, which is a nice sightseeing area which exhibits the merging of centuries of history and modern life through its architecture. Here, you would be able to dine in some quaint restaurants and go inside several specialty shops. A couple of steps away from the Old Town plaza, you can also visit several museums such as the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, the American International Rattlesnake Museum, the Turquoise Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
As for activities that you can do, there are also several that are available for you to enjoy as you stay at your New Mexico vacation rental home. One would be to spend a day at Cliff's Amusement Park. This is the only amusement park in the state and although it is quite small, it offers plenty of rides that would surely provide you with a good time including roller coasters, kiddie rides, water play area and family rides. The attraction is especially recommended for those who would be renting a San Mateo vacation home. Aside from the amusement park, you can also play hockey or do some figure skating at the Outpost Ice Arena. The arena offers a total of four indoor skating rinks so you should be able to sharpen your skating and hockey-playing skills.
Travelers who are interested in engaging in some outdoor recreational activities would be delighted to know that New Mexico has the Sandia Mountains, which offer a lot of opportunities that range from hiking, mountain biking and skiing or snowboarding in the winter. If you just want to enjoy the mountain scenery, you can also ride the tram all the way to the top.
Santa Fe is not only the capital of New Mexico; it is also the oldest state in the US being founded in 1607 and the highest with an elevation of around 7,000 feet. The state offers a beautiful backdrop of natural wonders, a long and interesting history, cultural diversity and a wonderful combination of the best in the arts, music and fine dining scene.
As you check in to your Santa Fe vacation rental, make sure that you start your trip by taking a tour of the different museums in the state. Some of the most popular museums in Santa Fe include the New Mexico History Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Museum of International Folk Art, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum and the Santa Fe Children's Museum. These museums are located all over the state so you might want to choose staying at a Santa Fe vacation rental home that is strategically located near different attractions.
If you want to witness the architectural beauty of some of the churches and buildings in Santa Fe, you may want to visit St. Francis Cathedral, Santuario de Guadalupe, Loretto Chapel, San Miguel Mission, Scottish Rite Temple and the State Capitol Building.
New Mexico also holds a number of festivals that celebrate significant historical events as well as allow locals and tourists to participate in various musical, dining, cooking and arts activities. Some of the festivals that you might want to schedule your New Mexico trip around on include the Fiesta de Santa Fe, ArtFeast, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Festival, the Rodeo the Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Jazz Festival and the Summer Antiquities Show.
You can also choose to hear and watch some musical and theatrical performances in Santa Fe. As you book your Santa Fe vacation home, be sure to check the show and performance schedules at venues such as the Santa Fe Opera, the Armory for the Arts, the Greer Garson Theater, the St. Francis Auditorium, Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Paolo Soleri Theater.
You should also make sure that you would be doing some outdoor activities in Santa Fe to make your New Mexico trip even more exciting. If you want to go hiking, you can go to the Cross of the Martyrs and the Old Fort Marcy Park and the Prince Park Commemorative Walkway. If you want to go hiking, biking and horse riding, a good destination would be Santa Fe River Park. It is especially a good park to go to if you are renting a vacation home in downtown Santa Fe.
Lastly, make sure to complete your trip to Santa Fe by passing by some art galleries and museums that showcase a variety of paintings, sculptures and works of art of locally, nationally and internationally renowned artists. Some good suggestions would be the Allan Houser Gallery, the Blue Rain Gallery, the Chuck Jones Gallery and the Glenn Green Galleries.
Located in the southeastern portion of New Mexico, Ruidoso offers a host of mountain recreational activities and world-class horse racing. In the summer months, the local population triples as tourists visit the town to participate in the horse races, gamble a bit and take in the cool mountain air. Aside from these activities, you can also play some disc golf or go tubing in the Ruidoso Winter Park, which are both great family-oriented activities. Check our listings to see the best New Mexico vacation offers on Ruidoso vacation rental homes.