Complete the Enchanted Circle through Eagle Nest, Angel Fire, and Questa for a scenic drive with stops for swimming, rafting, and hiking. The twisted fluorescent artscape feels like wandering through a life-size kaleidoscope. Forget about Kennebunk, where the Bush family makes its summer home, and keep driving north, just two more hours, and you’ll encounter the bucolic, Atlantic oceanside town of Camden.
Must do: Meow Wolf in Santa Fe is a new interactive story museum that George R. With fewer tourists than Kennebunk but equal oodles of New England charm -- plus a surprisingly robust dining scene -- Camden is the savvy choice for those in the know.
Here are 22 of our favorite places in America that not enough people talk about, but still fill up our daydreams. But there's even more to northern New Mexico, starting with a drive out of Santa Fe to Tesuque Village Market -- a quirky lunch spot in the pueblo's foot hills -- en route to the soul-awakening scenery of the Abiquiu’s roadside Echo Amphitheater.
Or there’s Ocean Springs, a tiny southern beach enclave with a stretch of bars that boasts one of the best live music scenes in the South.And then there’s Gulfport, which is quickly becoming a hotbed of young creatives, exemplified by the beer at Chandeleur brewing and the food at Corks and Cleaver.Unless, of course, you’ve spent some time on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.This part of the state south of I-10 is more New Orleans than Redneck Riviera.It’s basically a gigantic, serene cluster of small towns amid enough crazy geographical features to populate an entire planet, all scattered within an hour or two of one another.
Not bad for a place most associated with having a gigantic wall of presidential heads looking over it.
After that, it’s all about the food: restaurants like Long Grain, Hatchet Mountain Publick House, and the James Beard-winning Primo, just south of the town, have burnished Camden’s reputation as an event dining destination.
Of course, no Maine voyage is complete without a lobster pound visit, and Camden’s entry is quintessential: Miller’s Lobster Co.
Lazier sorts can hitch an off-season chairlift ride at Camden Snow Bowl for similar vistas.
To cool down, you can brave the ocean temps at Laite Memorial Beach or do the freshwater thing at Megunticook Lake.
Angels Landing in Zion National Park is one of the most Instagram-worthy treks in the state (just not for the height-adverse), while Moab gives you stunning rust-colored vistas and terrific white-water rafting.