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5 Reasons Why This Trending U.S. State Is A Great Budget Getaway This Fall

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The record-breaking tourist season we just left behind shows no signs of slowing down even as temperatures get cooler. 

Travelers are now more eager than ever to book their fall getaways, as flight and hotel searches show a 15% and 20% increase, respectively, compared to the same season last year. 

However, booking a shoulder season holiday like this comes with one great challenge – finding out which destination will give you the best bang for your buck.

According to a recent report by Yahoo Finance, there’s one southwestern state that has garnered a lot of interest among tourists as one of the best budget getaways this fall — New Mexico.

balloons flying over Rio Grande

Here’s why:

A Variety Of Cultural And Outdoor Activities

New Mexico is currently scoring 20 points higher than the U.S. average when it comes to participation rates in local activities. 

So, not only is there plenty to see and do in the area (more on that below), but it seems like people are actually happy to partake in these activities, creating an inclusive and enjoyable atmosphere that so many of us are after when on holiday.

Some of the most popular activities among tourists include shopping, bar hopping, museum visits, and going to local historic sites and art galleries. 

albuquerque, new mexico

Those who want to experience the country’s rich traditions will thoroughly enjoy the work of Native American artists in the area who are more than happy to interact with tourists while explaining their work and thought process.

If you’d prefer to do something more outdoorsy instead, New Mexico has still got you covered. Whether you’re more of a camper, biker, rafter, or golfer, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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Affordable Lodging And Entertainment

New Mexico is the perfect setting for an adventurous fall vacation that doesn’t break the bank. 

While Albuquerque, the state’s largest city, can be a bit pricey for those on a budget, there are plenty of smaller towns that provide the same experience for a fraction of the price.

According to the Yahoo Finance report linked above, the average day trip in the area costs only $96 per person. 

street in albuquerque, new mexico

While longer stays will naturally be pricier, they still shouldn’t put too much of a dent in your travel budget. 

Accommodation options that range between $50 and $100 a night are pretty common here, and you won’t have to sacrifice too much on comfort or location to find a reasonably-priced room.

The Perfect Fall Weather

Fall is arguably the perfect time to visit New Mexico, at least if the weather is anything to go by.

Most tourists are looking for a dry, moderate climate this time of year, and the state delivers just that. 

Daily temperatures in October range between 37°F and 67°F (3°C and 19°C), creating the ideal setting for your favorite autumnal activities.

Organ Mountains, Las Cruces - New Mexico

As far as rainfall goes, you have nothing to worry about even if you plan your visit later on in the season. 

New Mexico is the second sunniest state in the country, and the climate is very dry, so precipitation is rare.

One-Of-A-Kind Cuisine

The food you’ll eat in New Mexico is unlike anything you’ve seen before, comprising both Native American and Mexican influences. 

The New Mexican chile, a cultivar group of the chile pepper, is the cornerstone of all local cuisine, adding its unique kick to almost all dishes from tamales to ice cream. 

bowl of green tamales

Foodies aren’t the only ones who’ll get to enjoy the local culture, though.

Those on the lookout for a great drinking experience will love the tequila-tasting tours that take place all over the state. 

Great Sightseeing Opportunities

Last but not least, New Mexico offers some of the greatest sightseeing opportunities in all of North America, offering even those who aren’t that much into the art or outdoors scene something to look forward to. 

The state is home to several national forests and parks, as well as dozens of wilderness areas.

However, what really sets New Mexico apart from other destinations of its kind is the stunningly dark, clear night sky that’ll make your jaw drop.

starry night in New Mexico

After all, there’s a reason why there are seven International Dark Sky Parks in the state.

There’s even a star installation that’s set to open in 2025 (Star Axis), believed to become one of New Mexico’s most awe-inspiring attractions.

Other excellent sightseeing opportunities include the Los Poblanos lavender farm, the International Balloon Fiesta, and the gorgeous Lake Katherine.

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