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Taos: New Mexico’s Culture Capital

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Ranked number two in Smithsonian magazine’s 2012 list of Best Small Towns in America, Taos is one of New Mexico’s best destinations. In the winter, Taos Ski Valley lures snow-sports enthusiasts from around the world who want to tackle the southern Rockies.

Year-round, Taos attracts visitors intrigued by the town’s famous pueblos (adobe dwellings), southwest art scene, and spicy Meixcan food.

Rent a car and drive the 86-mile scenic route known as the Enchanted Circle. Don’t miss the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, America’s second-highest suspension bridge.

Where is it? North of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Fly into Taos Regional Airport (check prices), or into Albuquerque International Sunport (check prices), which is about a 2.5-hour drive from Taos.

Where to Stay? In traditional adobe-style architecture at El Pueblo Lodge.

What Else Should I Know? Renting a car is the best way to get around the area, although there are also public buses.

Who’s it For? Artists, skiers, Mexican food fans.

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