A New Mexico landmark is in the running for the 8th wonder of the world. For residents of the state or those traveling through visit one of the seven landmarks entered in the competition. Once you’ve seen it vote for your favorite and see if it wins the coveted title.
Virtualtourist.com created the competition which runs until September 30th. The site picked many places from all over the world that they deemed wonderful. The New Mexico landmarks chosen are: Taos Pueblo, Bandelier National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve, White Sands National Monument and three Santa Fe landmarks: Canyon Road, Palace of the Governors, and the Loretta Chapel Miraculous Staircase.
Taos Pueblo: The adobe buildings were constructed between 1000 and 1450 A.D. according to www.taospueblo.com. A World Heritage Site and National Historic Landmark. It’s open for visitors daily from 8-4:30 p.m.
Bandelier National Monument: Over 33,000 acres of canyons and mesas. The land contains petroglyphs (prehistoric drawings on the rocks), dwellings carved out of the cliffs and more, according to the National Park Service. Hours and directions can be found at www.nps.gov/band.
Valles Caldera National Preserve: An expansive view of beautiful country in a volcanic caldera. Learn more at www.vallescaldera.gov.
White Sands National Monument: Bring a sled or snowboard and slide down a large hill of gypsum. The gypsum dunes cover the landscape for miles. See pictures and find information at www.nps.gov/whsa/.
Canyon Road: The half mile road provides a plethora of galleries, boutiques and restaurants. To find specific information go to www.visitcanyonroad.com.
Palace of the Governors: New Mexico’s history museum was once belonged to the government of Spain. Constructed in the early 17th century the museum covers the history of Santa Fe, New Mexico and the region. For more information go to: www.palaceofthegovernors.org.
Loretta Chapel Miraculous Staircase: The famous staircase comes with a story of its own. The spiral structure has no visible means of support and is believed to have been built with wooden pegs not nails according to the website. Read the story and learn more at www.lorettochapel.com/staircase.html.
There is much to see in New Mexico. Homes in Albuquerque and nearby areas are not far from the potential 8th wonder. Pack a lunch and plan a day to explore the wonders of New Mexico.