At the crossroads of the Rio Grande and historic Route 66 lies central New Mexico. The natural beauty of the high desert and the peaks of the Sandia Mountains dominate this region, as do the area’s Mexican and Native American roots. Step back in time with a visit to Old Town in Albuquerque, where the adobe architecture dating back to the 1700s dazzles history buffs. For expansive views, take a tramway ride up to Sandia Peak. Explore the history and natural beauty of the area with a visit to the many state and national parks found here. Outside of the state’s largest city, you’ll find several vibrant small towns.