Yesterday we got home from our vacation in New Mexico. It wasn't long enough! I'm missing those views and the weather. We got home late and headed to my moms to pick up my fur babes. She was baby sitting our pups Mimi and Romie while we were on vacation. God did I miss my babies!!!
If you read my last post on ways to budget while road tripping you'd know I was planning on blogging more info on our trip!
Well here it is!
Carlsbad, New Mexico
Our first stop was Hobbs which is a few hours away from Carlsbad. Once you get into New Mexico you hit Hobbs which I highly reccomend you stay in if you are heading to Carlsbad. Hobbs hotels are half the price and honestly pretty terrific.
We booked our hotel through Priceline and decided to stay at the Quality Inn which was one of the best we've stayed at. The moment I walked in to check in it smelled extremely clean and fresh. The front desk clerk named Natalie was beyond nice and helpful! She offered us tips on our trip to the Carlsbad Caverns as well as advice on places to eat. Our room was very nice and comfortable and had a king sized bed! The hubb is 6'2 so it's helpful lol
The Quality Inn in Hobbs has an indoor heated pool and jacuzzi which we of course used. Obviously lol
After some great sleep and some yummy breakfast (they have non watered down juice) we headed to Carlsbad. Carlsbad was our favorite part of our entire roadtrip! The Drive to Carlsbad was honestly the most beautiful drive I've ever been on. The views were breath taking and the wind was so clean and fresh. Ugh I miss it already!
When we got to the Caverns we decided to take the elevator down 750 feet below the surface. The elevator was not fun for me... I hate elevators. We went on a self guided tour which I love because you can enjoy it all and go at your own pace! We loved it so much! God was it beautiful! If I could reccomend anything on this trip it would be the Carlsbad Caverns 100%. Honestly the whole trip was terrific but those Caverns lord were they gorgeous.
The entrance is $10 per person but you can also get an extended tour for an additional $10 (we want to go back and do it!) I reccomend you bring cash just in case the credit card machine is down (which was the case for us) because they have no atm machines and the closest one is quite a distance. Also bring a backpack with water! Especially if you decide to walk it back up to the surface like us lol that was not the best idea on our end lol guys it's rough, real rough lol imagine walking up a steep zig zaggy incline for 750 feet!
Although we were dying honestly I'm so glad we did it because it was awesome to get to the bat caves and see the bats and the entry way!
This is something you need to experience at lest once. Carlsbad Caverns was awesome, we loved it!
White Sands Monument, New Mexico
Alright guys, so our next stop on our road trip was White Sands Monument! I had seen so many pictures of the White Sands Monument and I was dying to see it in person and slide down the Sand Dunes! After we left the Carlsbad Caverns we headed to our hotel in White sands. We booked another Quality Inn which was so nice as well. We got lucky and our room was practically across from the pool!!! What I loved about our Hotel in Alamogordo, NM besides how adorable the town is, is that the town is surrounded by mountains. The views were beautiful. Guys seriously so beautiful!
We got to our hotel remotely early and were dying from our climb up the cavern so we headed straight to the pool to relax. Man was it needed. We enjoyed the pool for a few hours and than went sight seeing. Than off to bed for complimentary breakfast in the morning and than off to White Sands!
White Sands has a $5 entry fee per person and over at the visitors center you can get yourself some little boards to slide down the dunes! We opted against those, we're cheap lol The sands were so beautiful! Super white and fine and cool to the touch, even with the sun. I took more pictures than I can count and also climbed a couple of the sand dunes and slid down lol it was so fun!
What we want to do next time is take the time to picnic over by the picnic area because it was so cute. White sands Monument is a place you for sure want to visit! If you have kids they will enjoy it so much! I reccomend you let them slide down the dunes it is so much fun and you won't regret it.
Roswell was our last and final stop on our road trip. I have to mention I have been dying to go to Roswell since I was 13 years old. So when the hubby who has also been wanting to go to Roswell said we had time to head that way for a few hours I was beyond extatic. For a town known for its extraterrestrial activity it sure seems to be under influenced by it.
There are a handful of spots with extraterrestrial art work (seriously a handful). I was expecting tons of things on every corner and for it to be highly influenced by all the "Alien" activity. The main attraction is the Museum as well as the gift shop across from it. They also have light posts with alien eyes and their Mcdonald is in the shape of a UFO and glows at night!
Super legit Mcdonalds!
Although we were underwhelmed by Roswell we were so glad we went! I have been wanting to go for over 15 years now and can finally say I went and experienced the town :) If you have been dying to visit Roswell, I would say go to the Museum and listen to the speakers. They have amazing knowledge and history which is worth the trip on itself.
All in all, we had an amazing trip and I wish it was longer. A weekend was not enough what so ever. We are hoping to plan another trip soon and hopefully extended it over the weekend. Vacations are so needed to recoup. I'm a strong believer that everyone should take a vacation at least once a year to refresh and get away from the everyday stresses.
If you don't have the money or time to take an extravagant vacation, take a mini one. Mini vacations can be extremely affordable and honestly do the trick! Well guys, I hope you enjoyed my little Travel Blog and all my pictures! Let me know what your favorite vacation spot is and where you are planning on going next!