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Best Historic Day Trip - Vegas to be featured in TV show

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By Mercy Lopez

Normally when one sees Las Vegas on television it is the background of A&E’s Longmire series or in a movie that was filmed here, such as Red Dawn. But on Saturday, Las Vegas will be featured on television for another reason.

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The Meadow City was designated as the Best Historic Day Trip in New Mexico for 2013. The segment airs at 4:30 p.m. Saturday on KOB channel 4.

The segment was broadcast nationally on the Discovery Channel in late December.

According to a press release from the associate producer of the show, the Official Best Of started in January 2007 as a travel TV show. Since then it has covered 28 states with the remaining states being covered this year. The other states featured this year include Hawaii, Washington, Arizona, Indiana and Michigan.

The segment includes glimpses of photos taken by Virginia Marrujo of the Las Vegas/San Miguel County Chamber of Commerce. Marrujo is a former New Mexico Highlands University media arts student.

Marrujo told the Optic that the company, based in Hollywood, Calif., contacted her when it realized it needed additional footage of the area.

“It is exciting to see some of my work on television,” Marrujo said.

Other categories of the series include a wide selection of cities from across the Land of Enchantment.

The studio designated The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta as Best Tourist Attraction, Santa Claran Hotel and Casino as Best Weekend Getaway, Santa Fe Community Convention Center as Best Event Venue, Sky City Cultural Center & Haaku Museum as the Best Cultural Museum in the Southwest, as well as naming the Town of Mesilla in the southern part of the state as the Best Vacation Getaway.

In the Las Vegas segment, Bridge Street, the Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally, the large cultural mural on the northern part of the old Safeway parking lot, Plaza Park, Castañeda Hotel, Plaza Hotel, the hot springs in Montezuma, the Montezuma Castle and Ilfeld Auditorium are some of the highlighted locations.

The segment calls Las Vegas “an adventure into the Old West, the New West and the True West.”

According to the press release, the show’s researchers spend roughly two months compiling a collection of the best destinations and attractions in a state, and once completed they produced  the show. The Best Of designation is based on a merit system and not on advertising.

The narrator in the segment has high praise for the Meadow City: “A visit to Las Vegas, New Mexico, is like stepping back in time … a place where landmarks, legends, and lore come to live in New Mexico’s favorite and best preserved outdoor architectural museums and national treasure with five MainStreet historic districts with over 900 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.”

If you miss Saturday’s broadcast, the segment may be seen online at www.OfficialBestOf.com.