Visiting Gallup, New Mexico: Top Things To Do

Located on the famed Route 66, Gallup is the heart of Native American Country and a diverse community, surrounded by reservation land and tribes like the Navajo, Apache, and Zuni. In downtown Gallup, travelers can shop for anything from jewelry and pottery to paintings and blankets, all made by the area’s tribes. When it comes to food, the city offers a blend of Native American and New Mexican dishes, all big on flavor and size. Just nine miles east of downtown Gallup spreads the Red Rock Park, the region’s hiking mecca and home to the Red Rock Balloon Festival every December.

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My passion for travel was unlocked when I spent some years living across Europe and South America. I've never been one to shy away from a new adventure, be it swimming with pigs in the Bahamas, bird watching in the Galapagos or Heli-Hiking in British Columbia. And while I used to mostly travel solo, I now like to hit the road with my 4-year-old son, 1-year-old-daughter and husband in tow. The best part of travel to me now is getting to see the world through their eyes. Whether they are petting goats during an Oregon farm stay or making their very own pizza in Idaho, their enthusiasm and joy never fails to remind me of why I love travel.

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