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To get from Albuquerque to Santa Fe, don't take I-25 North--it's busy and sterile. Drive east on I-40 to the backside of the Sandía Mountains, get off on exit 175, and head north on Highway 14, also known as "The Turquoise Trail." You'll wind...
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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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Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis, MN 55417, USA
Minnehaha Park is a serene 193-acre green space along the Mississippi River that features a 53-foot waterfall. During the winter, the falls turn to ice, making for a dramatic landscape. With a restaurant on site, bandshell, playground, wading...
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3440 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407, USA
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The Powderhorn Park neighborhood in South Minneapolis has a flavor all its own. It's creative (without being pretentious), diverse and, well, it's pretty granola. (A recent map of Minneapolis' neighborhoods labeled it "real hippies" as opposed to...
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Oljato-Monument Valley, UT 84536, USA
Nuzzled up against the Arizona border about 100 miles west of Four Corners are some 30 square miles of the most iconic scenery in the American West. Monument Valley is one of those places that you’ll recognize as soon as you see...
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Grand Marais, MN 55604, USA
Following a business trip to the Twin Cities, I decided to take a few days off and head up to the north shore of Lake Superior, just to see what was there. I made it as far north as the town of Grand Marais, where adjacent to the downtown area...
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10 Wisconsin St, Grand Marais, MN 55604, USA
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This is one of those mandatory stops whenever I head to Minnesota's North Shore along Lake Superior and visit the ittle town of Grand Marais. The donuts here are righfully famous and fantastic, but they also make a specialty called...
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5204 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417, USA
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Hot Plate is tucked into a corner of South Minneapolis that is all too easy to drive past without realizing what you've missed. We arrived early on a Sunday and joined the crowd waiting outside for a table. Hot Plate offers free coffee while you...
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St Dunstan's Hill, London EC3R 5DD, UK
In the midst of bustling London a friend of mine surprised me with a gem of a place surrounding the picturesque ruins (walls, no roof) of a church. An intimate, romantic garden with–in case you didn't guess the picture–an INSECT hotel! Its...
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Bisti Badlands, New Mexico 87499, USA
The Bisti Badlands south of Farmington, NM, are an unsung gem in the American Southwest. But deep into the Badlands is a magical place known as the “Egg Factory.” It’s a two-mile hike with no discernible elevation gain from the parking lot. But to...
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UT-313, Moab, UT 84532, USA
Another good spot to take in big, broad vistas near Moab, Utah.
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Utah, USA
Just North of Moab, UT Arches National Park is a gem with over 2000 natural stone arches. The most popular hike is the three mile trail to Delicate Arch. It’s a fairly straight forward hike and it is uphill most of the way to the arch, but...
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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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210 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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Tucked into Santa Fe's medieval-looking St. Francis hotel, Secreto is a place to sample award-winning cocktails in style. Cozy couches and a dim, candle-lit hotel foyer may even entice you (and your drink) out of the bar itself. Sink into a chair...
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108 Cathedral Pl, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
There is so much art to see in Santa Fe, it's endless. Along with artisan markets, small galleries, the Georgia O'Keeffe museum and numerous small shops, we visited the MOCNA. It's a museum that is connected to the Institute of American Indian...
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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...