Experience the Lightning FieldNew Mexico
is known for its art scene—and that extends well beyond Santa Fe
. You’ll find one of the most thrilling (you could even say hair-raising) exhibitions on a flat plain north of the Gila National Forest and 2.5 hours from Albuquerque. Created by sculptor Walter De Maria, the Lightning Field counts 400 stainless steel poles, spaced 220 feet apart and arranged in a one-mile-by-one-kilometer grid. While it’s awe-inspiring in any season, show up in mid-July or August for the best chance of seeing lightning put on its electric show. Visitors have the option to sleep over in a three-bedroom cabin on site (advance reservations required; dinner and breakfast included).