Hello New Mexicans
After businesstrips to both the east and westcoast in the US I've decided to go travelling around the 13states that form the American west. My timeframe for the entire trip is 4months divided into two 2months legs.
What are the main attractions in New Mexico? Both the places that you must see (which can be tourist traps) and hidden gems like small unspoiled towns and villages. I will probably rent a car, since Im unable to buy a car since im not a US resident. Im from Norway and only have a working visa they dont let me buy a car
The things Ive planned in New Mexico
Albuquerque (big cities dont really interest me that much, but guess I have to go to the regional capital)
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
White Sands and the museum there
Los Alamos and Bradbury Science Museum
City of Rocks National Park
The scenic drive "The Enchanted Circle"
Things Im planning to skip after advices (please prove them wrong!)
Four Corners - Just a metal plaque?
Roswell - Touristic place for squeezing money out of tourists?
I love hiking in great scenery so suggestions for daytrips and even hikes that span over several days are wanted.
If you have any routes which I can follow it would be golden