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White Sands National Monument
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Alamogordo
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Owner description: Visitors to this endless waterless sea can enjoy driving, hiking, visiting a museum and sledding down the huge dunes.
Havre de Grace, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
361 reviews
127 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“Worth a Visit”
Reviewed April 27, 2014

If you are a photographer, then WS should be on your bucket list. Endless scenics and compositions. Go around sunrise and sunset. For the casual tourist, stop at the visitor's center for some informative, interpretive exhibits.

Visited April 2014
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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 814 helpful votes
“COOL DUNES”
Reviewed April 27, 2014

There's a huge dune field encompassing some 275 square miles, part of which is within this national monument. The dunes are composed of gypsum rather than sand. The dunes change shape and slowly move with the prevailing winds. We stopped in at the visitor's center to take in the film about the dunes and to get hydrated. We also picked up a couple of bottles of water to take with us. Then we set out for the dunes. I was struck by their stark whiteness. And how cool to the touch they were, quite unlike beach sand, as we scaled one of them, slipping our way to the summit. Tufts of vegetation sprouted here and there, punctuating the monochrome of the dunes with splashes of color. As we poured over the dune, there was an ethereal silence save for spurts of whispering wind. We knelt, then sat, to savor the scene, which we had all to ourselves this early, sunny morning. Such bliss.

Visited September 2013
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Halifax, Canada
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99 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“amazing”
Reviewed April 27, 2014

A must visit on any trip to this area. Have traveled extensively and have not seen anything like this! We did not sled but should have!

Visited April 2014
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Like entering a magical world”
Reviewed April 26, 2014

We had a great time there. The dunes are *huge*, you can climb on top of a dune and be completely alone, the only people near you are about a mile away. It's like entering a magical world, it's overwhelming, in the best way possible :) The sand is cool, you can leave your shoes in the car and go barefoot. On the top of the dune you can listen to the sheer silence around you.

Visited April 2014
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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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74 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Definitely white sand!”
Reviewed April 26, 2014

We enjoyed the National Monument including the visitors center. They have a very good short (17min) film that is worth seeing. Parking for RVs. The dunes drive is easy but the pavement runs out about halfway to the end where the picnic and parking spaces are. Take plenty of water. Hiking the dunes can be strenuous especially when hot out.

Visited April 2014
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