New Mexico Bucket List ~ North Central Region

Today we move into the region that holds New Mexico’s state capitol.


  • El Santuario de Chimayo: This old church is seen as one of the top places in the United States for Catholic pilgrimage.

Los Alamos

  • Bandelier National Monument: Gives you a chance to step into cliff dwellings of Ancestral Puebloans.
  • Manhattan Project National Historical Project: Learn all about New Mexico’s connections to the building of the atomic bomb.

Ranchos de Taos

  • San Francisco de Asis Mission Church: One of the finest examples of a Spanish Colonial New Mexico mission church.

Santa Fe

  • Palace of the Governors: The oldest continually used public building in the country.
  • Santa Fe Margarita Trail: This culinary trail allows you to sample 45 different margaritas!
  • Secret Manhattan Project Office: This little plaque is easily missed in an alleyway, but is where the atomic bomb project began. For more information on the history of the office you can visit the New Mexico History Museum.
  • State Capitol Building: Another state capitol to check off our list!


  • Earthship Homes: The visitor center is located just outside of Taos.
  • Governor Bent House and Museum: Home of New Mexico’s first territorial governor and still houses the hole in the wall where he and his family had to escape an angry mob ready to overthrow the government.
  • Rio Grande Gorge Bridge: One of the top 10 highest bridges in the U.S., it provides spectacular canyon views.
  • Taos Pueblo: Tour the pueblo that is over 1,000 years old.

All attractions found in the 2019 New Mexico Travel Guide.


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