Interesting state. At the end of WW2 it was top of income per capita – then the US military spread out with spending and bases and things stagnated. The entire middle of NM is military White Sands Missile testing ground, including Trinity where the first nuke was tested. So you can only drive around the edge of the state. Roswell has done well to build a tourism industry of aliens. The desert is beautiful and you can camp there. Carlsbad caverns is a must see. However.. Visiting Trinity is only on 1 April or 1 October and is a 2 hour drive out to the spot. Well worth it from a historical perspective. Also the town of ‘Truth or Consequences’ named after a radio show in the 50s to boost tourism – it worked, I only went cos of the name. But charming place with hot springs.

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