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While Native American culture is alive and well, Albuquerque, New
Mexico, is a living, breathing, rather sprawling, metropolis -- one with half a million
residents and a heck of a lot of hand-made turquoise jewellery.
The best times to visit Albuquerque are in September for the New Mexico
State Fair; October for the nine-day Kodak Albuquerque International Balloon Festival; or
in November through the 9th of December for the Annual Fine Craft Show and Sale. January
is rich in cultural events. February is full of concerts. It seems like any time you
choose to visit the city offers something special.
Fe, New Mexico:
The state capitol of New Mexico boasts a population of more than 65,000, and somehow
straddles the fine line of maintaining big-city sensibilities and small-town charm.
With its 300 sunny days a year, more than 250 art galleries and
museums, excellent restaurants, terrific skiing conditions and close proximity to ancient
ruins, natural hot springs and breathtaking hiking trails, no wonder Santa Fe continues to
be an enduringly popular destination for families, couples and business travelers alike.
Summer is a popular time to visit Santa Fe because of the Santa Fe
Opera, which schedules performances through July and August. Make reservations in advance
because most weekends are booked to capacity.
Though small by big city comparisons, Taos has some 2,200 rooms in 88 hotels, motels,
condominiums, and bed-and-breakfasts. Most of the lodging is located on Paseo del Pueblo
Sur and Norte, with a few scattered just east of the town centre along Kit Carson Road.
Located 40 miles south of the Colorado border, about 70 miles north of
Santa Fe and 135 miles from Albuquerque, Taos is best known for its thriving art colony,
its historic Native American pueblo, and the nearby ski area, one of the most highly
regarded in the Rocky Mountain Region.
When you visit Taos depends on why you visit Taos. Obviously if the
lure of the many surrounding ski resorts draws you to the area, youll need to come
during the winter or early spring. Taos is also popular among hikers, backpackers, and
biking enthusiasts who descend upon the town from late spring until mid-autumn.
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
On the Road in Albuquerque: by John Gorton.
Lulled to relaxation by perfect blue skies, temperatures in the 80s,
and unbelievable views of open, endless mesa, my wife and I drove from Phoenix across
eastern Arizona and western New Mexico on I-40. By late afternoon, we approached Albuquerque.
Pecos, New Mexico
Get Up and Go - to Pecos: by Peggy Bechko.
Grab a picnic lunch, don your hiking shoes, put some ice in your
cooler, then fill it with cool drinks - we're heading for Pecos, and, if energy remains high, a brisk
hike amongst the trees and wildflowers in a jaunt to the Glorieta Ghost Town.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe: by Jennie Duttenhofer.
Surrounded by tall, majestic mountains, Santa
Fe is held in a magical embrace of earth and sky. Welcoming people from all
backgrounds and walks of life, Santa Fe has grown and thrived on unique and complimentary
differences, developing a place where anyone can feel at home.
Santa Fe Day Trips: by Peggy Bechko.
Santa Fe clings to a broad shoulder of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains,
and at no time is this more evident than to the observer driving up Interstate 25 at night
when the lights of the city are clearly visible in front of the shadowy bulk of the
Sangres de Cristos.
During your Santa Fe stay, take some time to discover the magnificent
landscape and diverse cultures surrounding the city. The following Day Trips and
Indian Pueblos reveal sights and scenery in northern New Mexico that will take your breath
Santa Fe's Upper Crust: by Peggy Bechko.
Upper Crust Pizza at 329 Old
Santa Fe Trail, just a couple of blocks south of the Plaza, next to the oldest church,
will even deliver if you want. But, if you prefer to kick back and enjoy watching the
world go by, dining on the rustic porch is ideal.
The El Rey Inn: by Peggy Bechko.
Without a doubt, the favorite stop for our family in Santa Fe is the
60-year-old El Rey Inn. Older, yet
overflowing with charm, no two rooms are alike at the El Rey.
The Guadalupe Cafe, Santa Fe: by Peggy Bechko.
One of the best local restaurants in Santa Fe for a broad selection of
New Mexican favorites - enchiladas, burritos and Rellenos - as well as a mix of
traditional fare, is the Guadalupe Caf� on Old Santa Fe trail, just three short blocks
(and I mean short - these aren't big city blocks) from the plaza.
Taos, New Mexico
Taos, New Mexico: by Jennie Duttenhofer.
If ever there was an enchanted town, Taos, New Mexico is it. Set in the Northern
region of the state, it is one of the most rewarding trips one could make. Rich in
history, Taos is combination of peoples and regions. Ranchos de Taos makes up the farming
community, while Pueblo de Taos
encompasses the area inhabited by the Taos Indians.
Up the Rio Grande to Taos: by Peggy Bechko.
Got the itch to hit the road and do a little extensive sight-seeing in
Think about it: a gorgeous drive; the Rio
Grande River; lunch along the way; and a breath-taking loop drive circling back to
Santa Fe that takes you past some of the state's loftiest peaks. What more could you want?
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