About Taos

by SmarterTravel Staff
New Mexico: Taos San Francisco De Asis church (Photo:iStockphoto/rbstevens)

Located in northern New Mexico, Taos is bordered by the Sangre de Cristo mountains and the Rio Grande River, which are jumping-off points for year-round outdoor adventure. The town is also a haven for artists and art lovers with dozens of galleries and a handful of museums. The laid-back, casual vibe of Taos resonates with its locals, many of whom are transplants from other parts of the country. Taos also has a vast community of artists—more per capita than Paris—that includes both artists with their own galleries and amateur crafters who dabble in photography, painting, or jewelry-making. Taos attractions include the historic plaza and its surrounding streets, which are popular places to browse for art and souvenirs. And, a few miles from downtown, visitors can experience Taos' other influences at a thousand-year-old Native American pueblo and a Spanish Colonial period hacienda.

Flights to Taos land just a few miles north of city limits at Taos Regional Airport.

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