Las Vegas, NM
AT A GLANCE
Why go now: Old rail town? Outlaw history? Are you kidding? It's haunting season.
Population: About 17,000
Dress code: Jeans and a western top, but forget the spangles ― this is the other Las Vegas.
Infamous (captured) visitor: Billy the Kid
Local lingo: Acequias are centuries-old irrigation canals that still flow through town.
The hub: The gazebo in the historic Plaza, especially lively during monthly Second Saturdays art walks (Oct 11; free; 505/425-2606), when galleries, shops, and restaurants stay open late and musicians play in the park.
Notorious landmark: The old Victory Bar began as the Imperial Bar, owned by fearsome Vicente Silva, whose gang of bandits terrorized the area in the late 1880s.
Structures on state/historic registers: More than 900
Getting there: Las Vegas, New Mexico,is 65 miles east of Santa Fe. From I-25, take exit 345. More info: 800/832-5947.