Highest-rated things to do in New Mexico, according to Tripadvisor

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December 26, 2021
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Highest-rated things to do in New Mexico, according to Tripadvisor

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Indeed, even if you've lived in New Mexico your whole life, you might be surprised by just how many top-rated things you've yet to cross off your list. From architectural wonders and picturesque views to historical museums and other must-see sights, you'll find your appreciation for New Mexico reignited just by reading through this list of top-rated things to do.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest-rated things to do in New Mexico using data from Tripadvisor. Tripadvisor ranks places using a combination of metrics, including overall rating, reviews, and number of page views. As a result, an activity with a 5 out of 5 overall rating might rank lower than one with a 4 out of 5. Data is as of June 3, 2024.

Whether you're a family of five traveling in a recreational vehicle or a duo of friends looking for a quick getaway in New Mexico, read on for a list of sights you could easily plan a trip around.

#29. Pecos National Historical Park

- Rating: 4.5/5 (479 reviews)
- Address: 1 Peach Drive Hwy 63 Pecos, New Mexico
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#28. Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

- Rating: 4.5/5 (894 reviews)
- Address: 710 Camino Lejo Santa Fe, New Mexico
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#27. Millicent Rogers Museum

- Rating: 4.5/5 (782 reviews)
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#26. High Road to Taos

- Rating: 4.5/5 (1,297 reviews)
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#25. Ghost Ranch

- Rating: 4.5/5 (930 reviews)
- Address: 280 Private Drive 1708 65 miles northwest of Santa Fe on U.S. 84 between mile markers 224 and 225. Abiquiu, New Mexico
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#24. International UFO Museum and Research Center

- Rating: 4/5 (2,777 reviews)
- Address: 114 North Main St. Roswell, New Mexico
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#23. New Mexico History Museum

- Rating: 4.5/5 (1,500 reviews)
- Address: 113 Lincoln Ave. Santa Fe, New Mexico
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#22. Turquoise Museum

- Rating: 4.5/5 (490 reviews)
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#21. Santa Fe Opera House

- Rating: 5/5 (1,088 reviews)
- Address: 301 Opera Drive Santa Fe, New Mexico
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#20. Chaco Culture National Historical Park

- Rating: 4.5/5 (768 reviews)
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#19. Big Room

- Rating: 5/5 (1,022 reviews)
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#18. Carlsbad Caverns National Park Visitor Center

- Rating: 5/5 (1,230 reviews)
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#17. Petroglyph National Monument

- Rating: 4.5/5 (2,000 reviews)
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#16. Taos Pueblo

- Rating: 4.5/5 (3,152 reviews)
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#15. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

- Rating: 4.5/5 (2,137 reviews)
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#14. The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

- Rating: 4.5/5 (1,361 reviews)
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#13. Museum of International Folk Art

- Rating: 4.5/5 (2,135 reviews)
- Address: 706 Camino Lejo on Museum Hill Santa Fe, New Mexico
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#12. Santa Fe Plaza

- Rating: 4.5/5 (3,248 reviews)
- Address: 63 Lincoln Ave. 100 Old Santa Fe Trail Santa Fe, New Mexico
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#11. Albuquerque Old Town

- Rating: 4/5 (5,380 reviews)
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#10. Meow Wolf Santa Fe

- Rating: 4.5/5 (3,046 reviews)
- Address: 1352 Rufina Cir Santa Fe, New Mexico
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#9. Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

- Rating: 4.5/5 (5,225 reviews)
- Address: 217 Johnson St. Santa Fe, New Mexico
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#8. Canyon Road

- Rating: 4.5/5 (4,071 reviews)
- Address: Canyon Road Santa Fe, New Mexico
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#7. The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

- Rating: 4.5/5 (4,003 reviews)
- Address: 131 Cathedral Place Santa Fe, New Mexico
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#6. Loretto Chapel

- Rating: 4.5/5 (5,217 reviews)
- Address: 207 Old Santa Fe Trail Between Alameda and Water sts. Santa Fe, New Mexico
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#5. McGinn's PistachioLand

- Rating: 4.5/5 (1,864 reviews)
- Address: 7320 US Highway 54/70 37 Highway 82 Alamogordo, New Mexico
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#4. Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

- Rating: 4.5/5 (3,697 reviews)
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#3. Bandelier National Monument

- Rating: 5/5 (2,276 reviews)
- Address: 15 Entrance Road Los Alamos, New Mexico
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#2. White Sands National Park

- Rating: 5/5 (4,234 reviews)
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#1. Sandia Peak Tramway

- Rating: 4.5/5 (7,194 reviews)
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This story features data reporting by Karim Noorani, writing by Michelle No, and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 50 states.

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