My husband and I spent last week road tripping around New Mexico from Austin. We visited Roswell, Alamogordo, Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Ft. Sumner. It was an exhausting trip, but we had a lot of fun and enjoyed seeing so much of the state. I have submitted reviews of the places we stayed, most of the major attractions, and a few of the restaurants. Here's what we did:
We left Austin early Saturday morning and made our way to Roswell. Our first stop was still in Texas, at the Perini Ranch Steakhouse in Buffalo Gap, for what was reportedly the best burger in the state. The restaurant is way off the beaten path, but it was so worth it. The burger was in fact amazing. I highly recommend going out of your way if you find yourself anywhere near Buffalo Gap, Texas. We made it to Roswell late in the afternoon and checked into our hotel - the newish Candlewood Suites. (The hotel was great!) I had asked about restaurants on Twitter and several people recommended Peppers, so that's where we went for dinner. Service was a little slow, but we were in no hurry and the food was decent. We were exhausted after a long day of driving, so we called it a night and went back to the hotel to retire early.
The next morning we had a quick breakfast and then went to the International UFO Museum. Yes, it's kitschy. Yes, it's corny. Yes, it's mostly newspaper clippings and copies of old photographs, but we loved it. It didn't take us long to get through the museum because we didn't bother to watch any of the feature length films, but it was definitely worth the stop. After the museum we got coffees from Starbucks and hit the road. Next stop: Alamogordo.
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