Touted as the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico offers a truly unique travel experience. Its wide array of outdoor activities, culinary options and bounty of cultural events make it a must-visit destination for any kind of traveler. Whether you’re an adventure junkie, an art lover or a serious foodie, you’ll find New Mexico as a state rich with picturesque surroundings, amazing murals and delectable regional cuisine.
As New Mexico is packed with many things to see and do, the last thing you should worry about is how to get around the region.
The most popular airport gateways to New Mexico destinations like Santa Fe, Taos and other New Mexico cities are Albuquerque and El Paso. Major American airlines such as American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Express Jet, Southwest, United and US Airways serve both airports. However, within New Mexico itself, air travel is not very common. As such, only a limited number of air carriers have flights between New Mexico’s cities.
If you plan to drive your own vehicle to and around New Mexico, the first thing you have to do is give it a thorough road check. As the state is full of desert and wilderness spaces, it is definitely not fun to get stranded in the middle of nowhere with a car that doesn’t run. Also be sure to check with your insurance company for your coverage out of state.
Planning to rent a car instead? It is highly recommended that you check a number of websites such as Travelocity, Hotwire or Priceline for the most competitive online car-rental rates.
Whatever you plan to do, make sure to download an app called New Mexico Roads. This mobile application, developed by the state’s Department of Transportation, helps you find and plan the best route for all your destinations. It is equipped with information for every inch of New Mexico’s highways and even some back roads, so you’re sure to find your way around the state with this app.
You can travel around New Mexico using Greyhound, the nationwide bus line. International tourists can even purchase the Greyhound North American Discovery Pass. This pass allows foreign nationals to travel in the U.S. and Canada for an unlimited number of times, and is much more cost-efficient than buying tickets on the fly! You can purchase this pass from foreign travel agents or through www.discoverypass.com.
If you’re an international tourist and you enjoy traveling by train, the best way for you to get around New Mexico is to purchase a USA Rail Pass. This pass offers you unlimited travel on Amtrak for for 15 or 30 days. You can easily purchase this pass online, as well.
Here are the top three apps that you should download to be able to get around the state as easily as possible:
This mobile application provides visitors (and locals alike) with useful information about New Mexico’s attractions – from famous sights and historical landmarks, to transportation tips and road maps. It also contains information on shopping, restaurants, accommodations, etc.
If you’re traveling to New Mexico to enjoy its 30+ state parks, this app provides detailed information on the parks’ opening hours, directions and maps.
Designed for anyone who is interested in exploring the many beautiful parks of New Mexico by foot, this application provides you with information on the paths and routes you can take to enjoy the picturesque scenery of New Mexico. This app is available for free, but you can also purchase a premium version for a very minimal fee.
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