Finding New Mexico’s Treasures
There’s an App for That!
Find your way to all of the events and places featured in the 2017 Museums & Historic Sites Summer Guide by downloading the Cultural Atlas of New Mexico.
The free app is your personal guide to the historic and cultural points of interest throughout in the state — bringing all this information together in one place, helping visitors find and identify all the unique locales that make New Mexico the Land of Enchantment. Organized by region, proximity, and topic, the Cultural Atlas helps travelers efficiently create their own experiential visit to a region, providing details about nearby historic and cultural points with the mere touch of a finger.
Providing information about places and events of cultural significance in New Mexico, from museums and historic sites to artworks, events, and landscapes, the app includes images and descriptions of everything sorted and cross-referenced in these categories: Regions, Towns & Communities, Road Trips & Trails, Thematic Tours, Only in New Mexico and Way Out There. Road Trips & Trails offers all the sites along the Billy the Kid Byway, El Camino Real Byway, Route 66, the Santa Fe Trail, Turquoise Trail, and others. Way Out There offers artistic excursions, intergalactic encounters, and wild outdoor places. The app provides context and classification of the included places and directs people to the web or social media sites of all participating institutions or organizations for more detailed visiting information.
The app features several ways that people can interact with the directory of cultural places:
Explore Map: The map is the primary means through which the app is navigated. App users are presented with a map of New Mexico with pins representing places in the Atlas. At different zoom levels pins are grouped or ungrouped to facilitate their selection.
Menu Groupings: Menus present groups of places based on specific criteria. Some of these are geographic (e.g. “Regions,” “Towns & Communities”). Some are thematic or topical.
A convenient and efficient tool for trip-planning, the Cultural Atlas also creates an opportunity for users to gain a broader understanding of the tradition, history, and behaviors of people, diverse cultures, and time periods. Providing an itemized inventory of regional attractions, the Cultural Atlas allows ardent planners to map out their trip with a more structured knowledge of cultural features. It is also a highly useful tool to prevent missing out on a point of interest for travelers who like to explore more spontaneously.
Evidence of New Mexico’s vast history and cultural diversity is seemingly everywhere. There is truly something to interest everyone along New Mexico’s highways and byways. The challenge is to not miss anything.
Take the time to download the free Cultural Atlas app today at http://atlas.newmexicoculture.org; make the most out of your summer excursions!
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