Tucked up against Texas, Arizona, Colorado and Oklahoma, New Mexico is the heart of the southwest. Admitted to the union in 1912, New Mexico is the 47th state.
The deserts of New Mexico have been inhabited for hundreds of years by the native population, pushed to reservations during the beginning of the American conquest. That being said, this region has changed hands extensively, from Spain to Mexico to the United States.
Today, this desert environment has the highest percentage of Hispanics per capita, as well as the second highest population of Native Americans. This melting pot of cultures leads to some of the most fantastic heritage and cuisines in the United States.
Interestingly enough, the name “New Mexico” was bestowed upon the region by Spanish explorers, and isn’t derived from the nation of Mexico.
New Mexico has a fantastically diverse landscape, from elk laden mountainsides to bustling cities. The capital of Santa Fe is a favorite tourist destination, with adobe structures and shopping galore. Be sure to try the green chili while you’re in the state, it’s unlike any other chili you’ve tried.
Fly into any one of the many International Airports in New Mexico to get you where you need to go. Public transportation is nearly impossible unless you are in a major city, so renting a car is highly recommended.