With businesses opening up statewide and road trips dominating summer travel plans, it’s time to rediscover Southern New Mexico. An ideal getaway just three hours south of Albuquerque, four hours south of Santa Fe, and easily accessible from all corners of the state because of its location at the crossroads of Interstate 10 and Interstate 25, Las Cruces welcomes New Mexicans to embark on an in-state road trip.

An in-state vacation provides memorable experiences exploring the scenic beauty, nearby National Parks, and the rich flavors unique to the area—all while spending less time on the road and supporting New Mexico businesses.

For in-state travelers, Visit Las Cruces recommends diving into the area’s agricultural history at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, and then experiencing the agricultural traditions firsthand by enjoying local cuisine, chile, craft beer and spirits, and wine from the oldest wine-producing region in the nation. Take the exploration a step further and tour the vineyards, pecan and pistachio farms throughout the area.

While in town, a visit to Historic Mesilla provides a lively glimpse into Southern New Mexico in the 1800s, as well as boutiques, shopping, historic buildings and restaurants.

Las Cruces is also an ideal basecamp for outdoor enthusiasts and is home to hiking and biking trails for all skill levels. For those looking for a relaxing outdoor excursion, consider a wine and horseback ride. In addition to trails, Las Cruces is located near Southern New Mexico’s two national parks—only one hour away from White Sands National Park and three hours away from Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

To plan your getaway, go to www.visitlascruces.com.