I recently went on a road trip with the family to New Mexico to explore the region. Pueblo indian culture at Bandelier, atomic energy museum at Los Alamos, browsing Santa Fe galleries, driving back roads to Roswell, then a side trip through Hondo Valley to White Sands before circling back to Albuquerque via Tularosa and Carrizozo.
Most amazing aha's? The stunning Hondo Valley drive in the spring. White Sands national monument: we never expected it to be that great. A great 2003 Sangiovese (Sangiovese!) at Tularosa Vineyards. And if you're ever in Carrizozo make sure to get a green chile cheesburger at the Outpost. Honest food, honest setting. Great all around.