Head north to a region that inspires artists and outdoor enthusiasts alike. It’s home to the highest peak in the state and the cavernous Rio Grande Gorge, as well as Georgia O’Keeffe’s beloved Abiquiú landscapes. Visitors can explore historic adobes in Santa Fe and Taos, encounter Native pueblos, browse world-class galleries, and savor “New Mex” cuisine.

North Central Regional Bucket List

Enjoy Continental Character: Santa Fe’s Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is among its most unusual architectural sites, due to its Romanesque style.

Hit the Trails: The town of Questa is the gateway to the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, a nearly quarter-million-acre area known for its rugged plains, volcanic cones, and steep river canyons. The Wild Rivers Recreation Area, at the confluence of the Río Grande and Red River, offers picturesque trails.

Ride the Line: Designated a national historic landmark in 2013, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is America’s most authentic steam-operated rail line. Dating to 1880, it carries passengers along the picturesque stretch between Chama and Antonito, Colorado.

Soak in Mineral Hot Springs: No other hot springs in the world have Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa’s precise blend of mineral-enriched waters. After soaking, adjourn to a luxurious spa treatment, dining, and lodging at this restorative resort.

Soar with the Greatest of Ease: At Angel Fire Resort Zipline Adventure Tour visitors are harnessed to high wires up to 1,600 feet in length and enjoy Rocky Mountain views as they whiz between towers.

Tap into New Mexico’s Multi-Cultural History: The New Mexico History Museum is the perfect place to get your head around New Mexico’s rich past. The Palace of the Governors, the museum’s finest showpiece, has been in continuous use as a public building since 1610.

Visit the Birthplace of Southwest Architecture:  Inhabited for the past millennium, Taos Pueblo is the only active Native American community designated as both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark.