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Need to take a break from studying? New Mexico has plenty of places to explore!
Need to take a break from studying? New Mexico has plenty of places to explore!

With the demands of school, work and life, sometimes Greyhounds need a break. Need to get away or take a small vacation? Luckily, New Mexico is home to countless enchanting sights you can visit while you get an education.

Below are a few exciting tourist attractions with affordable admission fees.

Sled the dunes of White Sands National Monument.

Located four hours south of Portales, White Sands is a photographer’s dream. Many notable movies, television shows, music videos and commercials have been filmed at the monument. Hopefully, Optimus Prime will be there during your visit.

Drink hot chocolate at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

As the temperatures are beginning to cool down in New Mexico, many warm up at the Balloon Fiesta with hot chocolate and breakfast burritos. Hundreds of balloons from across the world and thousands of people head to the Balloon Fiesta Park at dawn to watch the balloons fill up and take off.

Spend the day exploring the Carlsbad Caverns.

You do not need to be an expert in hiking to hike in and around the caverns. The caverns are the most famous and oldest caves in the world with well-lit areas and picnic areas. You will see many geologic formations still being created till this day.

Visit Billy the Kid’s grave.

Fort Sumner is known as Billy the Kid’s resting place. Over the years, many claim his death was fabricated by the sheriff who caught and killed him, but rumors proved to be false. He is one of the most infamous outlaws of the frontier. Billy was a thief and murderer who escaped from jail, making him headline news in New York City.

Camp in Cimarron Canyon and hunt ghosts at the St. James Hotel with friends.

Cimarron is a small town in Northeastern New Mexico nestled against the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Fishing, camping, river walking and hiking are a must for adventurers. What you may not know about this small town is that popular television shows like “Ghost Adventures” and “Unsolved Mysteries” have been filmed at the St. James Hotel hunting for ghosts. Guests can book a night at the hotel to witness paranormal activity, or they can drive thirty minutes into the canyon to experience the wilderness.

Walk on the rim of Capulin Volcano.

Capulin Volcano is one of many extinct volcanoes in New Mexico, but you can actually hike down into mouth of it. From the top of the volcano, you will be able to see into five different states including New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Colorado.

Eat McDonald’s in a UFO.

This one sounds silly, but the McDonald’s in Roswell is decorated out-of-this-world. After the Roswell UFO Incident of 1947, the city started to incorporate extraterrestrials into their daily business and operations. Try counting the number of green men throughout the city. You may not win a prize, but you can visit the International UFO Museum and Research Center and eat a cheeseburger.