THE BEST WAY TO LAS VEGAS, N.M.
From LAX, nonstop service to Albuquerque, N.M., is offered on United, Southwest and American, and connecting service (change of planes) is offered on US Airways, Delta, United, Frontier and Southwest. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $236. Las Vegas, N.M., is about 125 miles from Albuquerque.
WHAT TO DO
The city's 123rd annual Fiestas de Las Vegas takes place July 1-4 and honors the community's heritage and Latino culture.
The Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation, 116 Bridge St. Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Walking tours at 11 a.m. Saturdays through September. $10 a person; self-guided tours also are available. For information, call (505) 425-8803.
WHERE TO STAY
Plaza Hotel, 230 Plaza St.; (800) 328-1882, http://www.plazahotel-nm.com, Doubles from $79.
Historic El Fidel Hotel, 500 Douglas Ave.; (505) 425-6761, http://www.hotelelfidel.com. Doubles $63.
WHERE TO EAT
Estella's Cafe, 148 Bridge St.; (505) 454-0048. Green chile stew, $6.29. Entrees $5.29-$10.29. Cash only.
Charlie's Spic & Span, Bakery & Cafe, 715 Douglas Ave.; (505) 426-1921. Another eatery with a local following. Breakfast served all day along with oversize portions of authentic New Mexican fare. Breakfast from $6; lunch $9 at up.
TO LEARN MORE
Las Vegas/San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, http://www.lasvegasnewmexico.com