Nestled atop finger mesas at 7,320’ elevation, Los Alamos is an adventurer’s playground, the birthplace of groundbreaking science, the home of ancient history, and the gateway to three National Parks. From the brightest scientific minds to history buffs, athletes, and explorers, Los Alamos is a dynamic destination offering family fun, relaxing experiences, and unlimited discoveries to be made.
Unlock the secrets of the “Secret City” on a historic walking tour of Manhattan Project National Historical Park and learn about the groundbreaking science that ended World War II. Christopher Nolan’s box office hit Oppenheimer has brought new interest to the area.
Visitors can explore the people, places, and stories behind the film. Visit the Los Alamos History Museum, Manhattan Project National Historical Park, and the Bradbury Science Museum to learn the real-life story of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Stroll down Bathtub Row, where Manhattan Project scientists and Nobel Prize winners once lived, and make a stop at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op for a “Hoppenheimer” IPA. Grab an “Oppie-tini” glass from the History Museum gift shop, complete with a recipe so you can enjoy Dr. Oppenheimer’s favorite cocktail—just the way he liked it. For die-hard science enthusiasts and families, plan your visit in July for the annual Los Alamos ScienceFest.
Bandelier National Monument is the famed site that was home to the Ancestral Puebloan people. Climb ladders and imagine life as an ancient cliff dweller, view petroglyphs, hike the park’s expansive trail network, or spot local wildlife, including mule deer, short-horned lizards, squirrels, and many species of birds.
A geological wonder, Valles Caldera National Preserve is one of only seven super volcanoes in the world and a newly designated International Dark Sky Park. With over 89,000 acres, it offers hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, stargazing, and fishing.
After a day of exploring, explore Los Alamos’ foodie scene. There’s something to suit every palate, with options ranging from New Mexican flavors to international cuisine, craft brews, fine dining, delectable sweets, and more. Pig + Fig Café has been featured as one of the 15 Best Small Town Restaurants Across the US by TravelAwaits. Blue Window Bistro was named Restaurant of the Year by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. Bathtub Row Brewing Cooperative was named one of the “30 Best Breweries in the American Southwest” by RAVE Review, and Pajarito Brewpub was named a finalist in the annual Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown.
Plan your getaway to Los Alamos at www.visitlosalamos.org and prepare to feed your appetite and fulfill taste for adventure.