SANTA FE — Global travel authority Lonely Planet recently unveiled its selections of top destinations from around the world to visit in 2023, naming New Mexico as a featured destination in the “Learn” category.

New Mexico was 1 of 3 U.S. destination to earn the prestigious designation of Best in Travel for 2023. Alaska and Boise, Idaho, were also named to the Best in Travel 2023 by Lonely Planet.

For its 18th iteration of the Best In Travel collection, Lonely Planet reimagined the list around five fundamental aspects of travel: eat, journey, connect, learn and unwind. The excerpt for New Mexico centers around the narrative and perspectives from ShanDien Sonwai LaRance, hoop dancer and member of the pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh. New Mexico was recognized specifically for its culture, art and land as to why the Land of Enchantment is a must-visit destination in 2023.

Selections for Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2023 list are determined by a community of Lonely Planet staff, writers, bloggers, content creators and publishing partners who submit nominations for consideration. A panel of travel experts then selects the slate of finalists, making considerations for topicality, unique experiences, ‘wow’ factors, and commitments to sustainability, community and diversity during the evaluation process.

Review the New Mexico excerpt here. Watch the New Mexico feature video here.