Truth Or Consequences, NM


Photograph by Mischa Varmuza

The suborbital rocket rides that Virgin Galactic and Armadillo Aerospace plan to offer the masses (well, anyone who can spend as much as $200,000 for a ticket) won’t be lifting off anytime soon, but Spaceport America’s Virgin Galactic terminal in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, is already a hit. Sitting on a sun-baked plain, Norman Foster’s dark, saucer-shaped design is downright cinematic. T or C has been famous for its geothermal hot springs since Geronimo enjoyed them. Loosen up with a soak at the historic Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa; there’s more steeping to be done at Blackstone Hotsprings, a reinvigorated 1930s motor court. Ask for the Jetsons room, with its low-profile ’50s touches. While you’re in the past, order an aged steak at Los Arcos, a ’70s-style monument to surf and turf. You can travel even further back with an excursion to one of the ghost towns in the area.


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