Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - every October in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. The Balloon Fiesta is a nine day event, and has around 750 balloons. The event is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world.
in New Mexico is the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. Named for the rich turquoise deposits found throughout the area, the byway carves through wild rock outcroppings, piñon and juniper-dotted hills, and a couple of delightfully quirky towns.