New Mexico

With multiple choices for relaxation, shopping and dining, New Mexico is a favorite destination for many Oklahomans.

Left: Photo by Douglas Merriam. Top right: Photo by Daniel Nadelbach. Top right: Photo by Chris Corrie.

Rio Grande Gorge Hike the switchbacks, climb big boulders or just walk or drive across the gorge to enjoy the impressive vista 565 feet above the river. The bridge is the seventh-highest in the United States. Bighorn sheep are commonly seen. Red River This area is part of the Enchanted Circle. Horseback riding, hiking, fishing, hunting and camping are part of the magical wilderness experience.Santa Fe This stunning, unique city inspired a trendy design aesthetic decades ago.

The Plaza is a must-see for the Palace of the Governors (the oldest continually used public building in the United States), boutiques and cafes. Artisans display their handmade jewelry in the square to balance chic art galleries.

Within walking distance of the Plaza are the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the San Miguel Mission and the Loretto Chapel (with its miraculous staircase).

The narrow Canyon Road, known for its Pueblo Revivial style, also has world-class galleries.

The El Farol restaurant serves delicious meals and features a flamenco dance show. La Fonda on the Plaza is a perfect hotel if you like being in the center of it all. For those craving a spa experience, stay at La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa for luxurious pampering. Dine at The Shed for fresh Mexican food and margaritas.

Santa Fe is a true “rest and relaxation” getaway because you can indulge in art galleries, fine food, a desert climate and inspiring landscapes. – Gina Michalopulos Kingsley

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Photos courtesy Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Albuquerque Zoo

Impressive exhibits include those entitled Africa, Asia, Australian Outback and Tropical Trail. Bird annexes and tiger habits are being updated in this 64-acre zoo. Tasmanian devils, lorikeets and alpacas are featured in the educational activities as well as crocodile, sea lion and giraffe feedings. Take a break in the zoo shop or one of the many cafes to relax and recharge.