To describe New Mexico as scenic simply doesn't do the state justice. The place is referred to as the Land of Enchantment due to its pristine southwestern beauty that's apparent with every turn of the steering wheel. While there are cities to explore, such as Santa Fe and Albuquerque, travelers can also hop in a New Mexico rental car any time to hit the road and take in all the stunning desert landscapes and mountainous terrain that makes the state so remarkable. A great historical destination for anyone curious about the origins of the area will need to visit Aztec, New Mexico, home of the Aztec Ruins National Monument.
There's also Chaco Culture National Historical Park, located between San Juan County and McKinley County. Prepare yourself for astonishment as you make your way through ancient homes that are still standing. If you’re out for a relaxing drive, swing your rental car to one of the more acclaimed areas of tranquility in the state: the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, where the ultimate relaxation getaway begins with professional massage sessions or dips in the soothing springs. To receive some stress-alleviating treatment The Gila Cliff Dwellings just outside Silver City is where you'll find the Lightfeather Hot Springs, nature's own hot tub.
Anyone curious about the question of extraterrestrial existence needs to spend a day driving through Roswell. Take your New Mexico rental car down U.S. Route 66, where you can experience the most alien-obsessed town in the entire country. UFO sightings are a thing of the norm here, with the famous 1947 Roswell UFO Incident remaining one of the more talked-about occurrences in the region. Stop at the Roswell UFO Museum, where you can learn all about the incident. Even if aliens aren't your fancy, Roswell is also home to the stunning Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge.