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Operated by a consortium of New Mexico's 19 Pueblos, this cultural center is a great jumping off point to learn about history Native American culture. Dancing from local Pueblos and visiting tribes is often on display offering insight into the...
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2711 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107, USA
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A modest, friendly family establishment (serving since 1963) where locals and visitors-in-the-know visit for flavorful James Beard award-winning New Mexican cuisine including carne adovada with warm, marinated roast cubed pork in a brick red chile...
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Albuquerque, NM 87114, USA
Piedras Marcadas Canyon is part of the Petroglyph National Monument. The trail is fairly short, 1.5 miles and wanders in and around hundreds of petroglyphs. It is a day use area only so make sure you arrive before it closes at 5pm. This part of...
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5601 Eagle Rock Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113, USA
Matthew, my son and I arrived in Albequerque after a 5 hour delay from Philadelphia and a missed connection in Phoenix for another 4 1/2 hours. We checked into our hotel after 1 AM and were met at 5:15AM by the friendliest representative from...
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30 Tramway Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122, USA
The Sandía Mountains rise to over 10,000 feet behind Albuquerque. From the top, the view over New Mexico is unparalleled: on a clear day, your eyes can take in eleven thousand square miles--almost one-tenth of the state! The quickest way up is the...
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9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113, USA
The Duke City's best known event is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Held the first week of October, the event draws more than 500 hot-air balloons and hundreds of thousands of spectators who watch the rainbow dewdrops take to the...
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3600 Cutler Ave NE #3, Albuquerque, NM 87110, USA
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Albuquerque has a handful of brick-oven pizza joints (many of them quite tasty), but there's a certain credibility that comes from having a brick oven imported from Italy—as is Amore's. Too, Amore's chefs, Kimberly and Gabriel Amador, trained with...
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200 N Plaza St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, USA
Like most top tourist destinations, Old Town has a commercial veneer, but beneath this layer of tchotchkes lies a roadmap through Albuquerque's history. The plaza has been the town's focal point since its 1706 founding. San Felipe de Neri Church...
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10700 Corrales Road NW A, Albuquerque, NM 87114, USA
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Delicious, imaginative cuisine where the ingredients (as local as possible) shine through. Flying Star Cafe is where you go if you want to find a place to sit any time of day, read a book or a magazine and enjoy a variety of great foods. Although...
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4201 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110, USA
Nearly all the talk of New Mexico surrounds what? . . . Chile! Red or Green is the state motto and no one quite understands the difference between Mexican and New Mexican food (unless you're from New Mexico). It's my hometown so naturally my...
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228 Old Santa Fe Trail #10, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
The Turquoise Trail is a National Scenic Byway in New Mexico linking Albuquerque and Santa Fe. If you plan to drive to Santa Fe from Albuquerque, avoid the interstate and take this well beaten path instead. You will be rewarded with majestic...
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Santa Fe, NM, USA
When I say "chocolate tourism", a large number of destinations come to mind. France, Belgium, Switzerland. Britain. South America. Chocolatiers from numerous places around the globe often lay claim to producing the best, the richest, the most...
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Ranchos De Taos, NM, USA
Driving north from Santa Fe, just as you approach Taos, turn your head to the right, and there it is--the San Francisco de Asis Church. This 18th-century adobe mission architecture just south of Taos, NM, has become an icon due to the paintings of...
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113 E Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
A local institution, situated since 1953 in a 1692 adobe hacienda with brightly colored walls and a pretty courtyard, the Shed is deservedly famous for its smoky chile, just-hefty-enough blue corn tortillas, and classic recipes. Its sister...
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125 Washington Ave Suite A, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
While sitting among treetops on a second-floor deck overlooking the colonial streets of Santa Fe, this menu description captivated me: "Made in the traditional style of Chimayó [a village in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, about a...
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121 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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The Chez Panisse of Santa Fe has been helmed by the same Berkeley-bred chef-owner since the 1970s. While the restaurant isn’t for New Mexican food purists, the local dishes are solid and range from classic renditions to enchiladas gussied up with...
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105 W Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
The entire north side of Santa Fe's downtown plaza is taken up by the 1610 Palace of the Governors, the oldest continually occupied public building in the United States. Its front adobe facade is completely shaded, and in this "portal," the Native...
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A bit of a dive a mile and a half from Santa Fe’s tourist center, Maria’s has been a local favorite since 1952. The food is straightforward and delicious, but the place is at least as beloved for its margaritas—an eight-page menu lists more than...
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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
I’m not sure at what age humans develop the skill to stand still and appreciate scenery, but based on a scientific survey of kids who live in my house, it’s not age seven. (On a trip to the Canadian Rockies, as my wife and I snapped photos of the...
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304 C N, Pueblo St Rd, Taos, NM 87571, USA
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"Red or green?" In New Mexico, you'll be asked that question often--it's literally the "official state question," decreed by the legislature: do you want smoky red chile, or fruity-but-hot green chile sauce? If you can't decide, say "Christmas,"...
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Taos, NM, NM, USA
The area around Taos, New Mexico is quite volcanic, with extinct volcanos rising blue in the distance. The basalt plain west of town is cut deeply by the Rio Grande and can be viewed for dramatic effect in the afternoons when the shadows delineate...
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Taos Pueblo, NM, USA
One of the iconic sights of the American Southwest, Taos Pueblo has been inhabited for at least a thousand years. The adobe architecture seems to spring, organic, from the earth at the foot of Taos Mountain. It's a UNESCO World Heritage site, but...
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706 Camino Lejo, On Museum Hill, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA
Santa Fe has plenty of great museums and regional charm, but don’t pass on this gem because it goes well beyond the Southwest--this museum is a trip around the world. The extraordinary collection does span the globe, a mind-boggling series of...
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I’ll never forget my first trip to New Mexico. Believe it or not, we were on a skiing vacation, and when my father told me that we were going to New Mexico, my first thought was, “We’re going to ski in the desert?!?” Little did I know, Taos, New...
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301 Jefferson St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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Of course there are many amazing restaurants in the great American Southwest, and thanks to lots of beans and cheese there are a good number of vegetarian options. My favorite thing I ate in the area was the green chile stew with tofu from Bumble...
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Santa Fe, NM, USA
Santa Fe ski area (as well as Taos) is one of my favorite ski resorts in the world. Although it's not the biggest, it has a great mixture of runs for experts as well as beginners, and what always impresses me is that for such a small ski area, how...
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207 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Some visitors to Santa Fe are surprised to find this Gothic revival structure in the middle of all of the adobe buildings in the historic district, like a piece of medieval Paris transplanted to the Wild West. The French connection is...
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Few places in North America are anchored in a heritage like the Pueblo of Taos. This is the longest inhabited living arrangement in the US. The Pueblo still has ten families of around 150 native people working to maintain the culture and the adobe...
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512 Webber St, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA
One of my absolute favorite events in the world is the Canyon Road Farolito Walk, a beloved holiday tradition in Santa Fe. On Christmas Eve, thousands of holiday revelers come out to stroll, admire and sing carols around the displays of farolito...
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Tesuque, NM, USA
An amazing camel shaped rock sits off the road at Pojoque, between Santa Fe and Espanola in New Mexico. It gazes away, as if disgusted, from the huge sprawling casino across the road that bears its name; looking outward across the desert, perhaps...
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319 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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Check out the rocking, hip and popular Cowgirl, a melding of Texas BBQ and New Mexico flavors and Old West style. Early evening, there's happy hour including cheap, tasty margaritas. At night, patrons kick up their heels to live music. There's a...
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304 C N, Pueblo St Rd, Taos, NM 87571, USA
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For over 37 years, this legendary western clothing shop, run by proprietor Paul Martinez, has been outfitting locals and cowboys with boots, hats, three-piece suits -- and bolo ties, of course.