New Mexico Small Town Named One Of The Most Charming Places In America

By Sherah Janay Ndjongo

February 14, 2024

Sunset in Small Town
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What's often overlooked can actually have the most to offer. In this case, that includes beauty and peace.

This month, Reader’s Digest updated its list of small-town gems in every U.S. state which perfectly capture the heart of America:

“Sure, cities like New York and Chicago are big tourist attractions, but there’s nothing like the charm of a small town when you want to book a relaxing weekend getaway, find the best pumpkin patch or make a pit stop on a road trip while checking out one (or more!) of the best RV parks in every state. You’ll definitely want to add a few of these gems to your bucket list!”

Madrid is New Mexico’s most scenic small town with a lot of character:

“Madrid is a very small artist community along the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway, a 50-mile drive that links Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The galleries and local restaurants are all within walking distance in Madrid.
Don’t miss: Grabbing dinner with a side of history at the Mineshaft Tavern and Coal Mine Museum. It’s currently under construction but plans to reopen in fall 2022
Where to stay: As we said, Madrid is tiny, so your best bet is to book a stay 15 miles down the road in Santa Fe. Try the highly rated Inn at Santa Fe by Best Western, with an indoor pool and free breakfast.”
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