Ruidoso, New Mexico
This mountain town offers beautiful weather and plenty of outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and camping. Watch the horse races at Ruidoso Downs or one of the many exciting shows at the Spencer Theater. Take a drive to nearby Alamogordo and visit the fascinating Space History Museum and IMAX theater. Afterward, check out the zoo and rent a sled to slide down the dunes at White Sands National Monument. If you have more time, add Albuquerque (and the annual Balloon Festival) and artsy Santa Fe to your itinerary.