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Utah, USA
As its biblical name implies, Zion National Park has the appeal of a place out of time. Established on November 19, 1919, the canyon and its surrounding landscape feel like a natural temple, full of arches, hoodoos, and imposing walls, some of...
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Utah, USA
Utah's famous license plate landmark, Delicate Arch, sits on the edge of a spiral rock wishing well, a massive replica of those that you throw a coin into at the mall. Hike the 1.5 miles to the rim just before sunset to watch the orange sandstone...
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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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Utah, USA
Who thought geological formations could be so cool?! Besides geologists, you will too when you visit the Arches National Park. This is one of many beautiful photos that I captured while hiking through this dry, dry desert land. The heat was so...
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Utah, USA
Windows Arch in Arches National Park.
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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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100 Main Ave, US-163, Mexican Hat, UT 84531, USA
For those weary adventurists traveling Southeast Utah’s backcountry, craving something more than Boiled ramen and Clif Bars... Cold beer and juicy steak awaits them at the Swingin' Steak. This outdoor steakhouse is located in Mexican Hat, a tiny...
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Utah, USA
One armed John Wesley Powell was the first white man to navigate the Green River in Utah in 1869. He didn't see any more people on that trip than I and my then 8 year old son did on our four day, three night paddle. The Green River flows south,...
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745 U.S. 89, Kanab, UT 84741, USA
If you don’t win a coveted lottery permit to visit “the Wave” off Highway 89 in Utah, consider the nearby Buckskin Gulch. Covering more than 15 miles, Buckskin is a backpacking paradise for many avid hikers, but all you really need is an afternoon...
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Utah, USA
This national park is centered along the spine plateau above Bryce Canyon, which drops to the east from the main park road. Along the road are numerous pull-offs for enjoying views down into the canyon, with its miles and miles of awe-inspiring...
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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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Wall Street, Utah 84764, USA
Bryce Canyon is an amazing collection of Terrt-cota colored rock formations called hoodoos. The hoodoos of Bryce Canyon continue to erode and change; wind and rain remove approximately the thickness of a sheet of paper from them each year. Most of...
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We stayed for the weekend at Sorrel River Ranch, about 20 minutes outside of Moab, Utah. The ranch is right along the Colorado River in a stunning location. Each night we sat out on the porch of our cabin and watched the deer come out to graze as...
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745 US-89, Kanab, UT 84741, USA
Willis Creek Slot Canyon was my first introduction to any slot canyon and was such an amazing experience. This particular one is off the beaten path so there was hardly anyone on it except for a few hikers here and there. You can walk for hours...
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Moab, UT 84532, USA
I was in Moab Utah, hiking Arches National Park in July. The desert landscape was foreign to me; the heat was not. After a particularly grueling 4 hour hike, I recall letting my mind wander to desserts as I trudged along through the sand and rock....
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Moab, UT 84532, USA
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. If you've been biking through Arches National Park, you've earned a mellow ride that still gives you plenty of time in the saddle and miles to put under your belt. On a recent three-day bike trip through ...
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12500 Sand Dune Road, Kanab, UT 84741, USA
Just a stone’s throw from the Arizona border, the eponymous main draw at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is the result of rose-hued Navajo sandstone eroding over time. Like any dunes, the ones here constantly shift under the wind’s...
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Moab, UT 84532, USA
Get here at dawn. There's no color correction in this photo - you won't believe it either, until you see it yourself.
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Moab, UT 84532, USA
The White rim trail is amazing because of its scenery. The trail itself is more like a road (support vehicles can follow riders) but you can't believe what you see around every corner.
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Moab, UT 84532, USA
The most amazing way to experience the sunrise
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Arches Scenic Dr, Moab, UT 84532, USA
On a rain, cold day in the middle of a cross-country move, a detour to Arches National Park was well worth it. The picture doesn't quite convey it, but you can walk right up to this "balanced rock." And it's a little thrilling, a little...
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Bluff, UT, USA
This was probably the busiest thing happening in the small town of Bluff when we visited during the off-season of October while making our way from Moab to Monument Valley. The vintage and hand-made signs created unlikely art against the Utah sky....
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Valley of the Gods, Utah 84531, USA
A breathtaking location, the Valley of the Gods is filled with stone pinnacles and jutting buttes that dot the mostly flat valley floor. A scenic 17-mile gravel and dirt road loops through the area and, while there are no designated campgrounds,...
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59 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532, USA
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Loved this little cafe as we passed through Moab- the food was incredibly fresh. I'm not typically a breakfast burrito kinda gal but this one was absolutely delicious. Nice strong coffee and sweet local ambiance. Worth a drop in for sure!
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Moab, UT 84532, USA
Eddie McStiff's a Moab must. Get a mojito!
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Hikers in Moab should not miss the opportunity to hit this out-of-national-park arch -- one of the best in southern Utah.
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1 Kayenta Rd, Canyon Point, UT 84741, USA
Set within a postcard-perfect corner of southern Utah and surrounded by national parks, the 600-acre Amangiri is tucked away in a protected valley among the canyons, flat-topped mesas, and desert landscapes of the Grand Circle. The resort’s...
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Moab, UT 84532, USA
Went on an awesome mountain bike trip in Moab - we did the White Rim trail. What amazing scenery...
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Utah, USA
CATCH(Do): This July, I went hiking in Arches National Park of Moab, Utah. I wasn't sure what to expect as I entered the park, but was quickly blown away by the beauty of the rock structures that have been sculpted and formed over years of...
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Moab, UT 84532, USA
I have been going to Moab, UT a couple times a year for a long time. It is a natural amusement park, with hiking, climbing, canoeing, camping, mountain biking and more. Walt Disney couldn't have built it better. One of the most popular hikes, in...
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Cataract Canyon, Utah 84533, USA
Much of America’s desert southwest is defined by one river, the Colorado. Born of snow pack high in the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado River surges its way south and west into the state of Utah, its rock-shaping power among the defining...
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Chesler Park, Utah 84535, USA
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. Chesler Park is part of Canyonlands National Park, the Needles district. It is an open area surrounded by unearthly rock formations. Early American cowboys used this area as a winter camp, with some...
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Bluff, UT, USA
I was staying in LA and planned a roadtrip - Hoover Dam, Flagstaff, AZ, Oak Creek Canyon, Arcosanti, Chinle, AZ, Canyon de Chelly, Bluff, UT - a five day two thousand mile rampage!! Everything was super fantastic until I arrived in Chinle, AZ. I...
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Utah, USA
For best results, head to Arches before sunrise to capture the early light. The pink early morning sky is gorgeous against the reddish rocks.
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543 Park Ave, Park City, UT 84060, USA
Located just off Main Street, the Washington School House Hotel eschews Park City’s typical rustic style for a pared-down, flea-market–chic aesthetic. Before being reimagined as a design-oriented inn in 2011, the 1889 building served...
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Angels Landing, Utah 84737, USA
After we hiked it...it doesn't look so bad from here!
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5001 Angel Canyon Rd, Kanab, UT 84741, USA
If you've ever reached for the box of tissues while watching National Geographic's hit TV show Dogtown, then you need to make the pilgrimage to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Located on 3,700 acres and housing close to 2,000 animals, Best Friends...
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Navajo Lake, Utah 84762, USA
Leaving Bryce Canyon's scorched orange landscape to drive through the neighboring Dixie National Forest is a drastic change of scenery. Lime-green dipped paintbrushes of Aspen trees scatter the mountains like fairy dust. Upon reaching the top of...
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Salt Lake City, UT, UT, USA
I usually spurn the cold but winter in the Wasatch back is about as beautiful as it gets. Wanship is a little town about 10 min from the hustle and bustle of Park City. Nestled against Rockport Reservoir and cradled by the Weber River, this little...
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669 U.S. 89, Kanab, UT 84741, USA
Oh give me a home where the coyotes roam...Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah was the last U.S. region to be mapped (in the lower 48), and you can still find peace and solitude there today. Not to mention phenomenal stargazing...
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Laverkin Overlook Rd, La Verkin, UT 84745, USA
Every night when I left Zion NP I would stop here. The sign for the overlook is not that big so you have to be on the lookout for it. It's right off of Route 9 around Hurricane. It's a dirt/gravel road with various trails. Follow the road until it...
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Just north of the AZ/UT border on Hwy 89 by Lake Powell is an unmarked trail called The Toadstools, right before the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park. It's an easy walk, under a mile, to get into some of the craziest and whackiest...
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Jebel Shams, Jabal Shams, Oman
It's referred to as Oman's Grand Canyon - located on Jebel Shams (mountain of sun). The Balcony Walk is a well marked trail that runs the rim of the canyon. This 4 hour out and back hike will dish up some of the best views in Oman. You will pass...
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Arizona, USA
There are a variety of helicopter tour options, and a complete experience depends on which route and company you choose. No matter what, it’s a thrilling ride. Helicopters in the Grand Canyon have permission to fly approximately 1,000...
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Arizona, USA
If you know your flight path is going to go over the Grand Canyon, get a window seat. Even from thirty-some-thousand feet above, the chasms within chasms stretch on to the horizon...
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Arizona, USA
The reservation of the Hualapai, or “People of the Tall Pines,” includes nearly a million acres of land along the Colorado River and Grand Canyon. Visitors can now take in the grandeur of Arizona’s most famous landmark, the Grand Canyon, at the...
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Riding in the back of a 4x4 on a jeep tour or safari, you'll journey through Kaibab National Forest, with its tree-covered prairies and plateaus, and glimpse thousands of years of history and geology. Best of all, a Grand...
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Chinle, AZ, USA

The natives that guide you through Canyon De Chelly are very passionate about their historical heritage: the battles that their people have survived, the ceremonies they live by, and the dwellings that they carved out of the massive cliff sides....

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Hard to definitely pinpoint on a map, the Wave is a gorgeous rock formation near the Arizona and Utah part of the Coyote Buttes, in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. Don't rush off there expecting to just show up and visit, as this...
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Utah, USA
View of Canyonlands from Mesa Arch. I placed the polarizing lens from my sunglasses over my camera to capture the details of the landscape and sky.
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Lake Powell, United States
My uncle and I stood with my tripod on the lakeshore behind our houseboat, trying desperately to capture the massive red rock wall before us. It was one of my first lessons in night photography, and it wasn't going great: there just wasn't enough...
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Antelope Canyon has been on my "must see" list for a very long time so you can imagine my excitement when I got there. I love how the lighting and shadows made the most interesting palette of colors hug the sexy curves of the canyon. The land...
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Utah 84718, USA
It's really fun to visit a place that has such rich travel-related history. National Geographic magazine, who photographed the area using Kodachrome film for a 1949 photo-spread, hence its name. This is Grosvenor Arch, named after the former...
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Page, AZ 86040, USA
I saw this place in so many photos before but when I got there and saw it in person it was such an overwhelming experience. Getting there is easy. You take the Interstate 89 South from Page and after 7 minutes you get to the parking lot. The road...
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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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675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd, Cottonwood, AZ 86326, USA
The sweeping view in Utah's Dead Horse State Park was made famous by the final scene in Thelma and Louise. The park is mostly comprised of a small overlook area, but the grand scenery of the valley below is breathtaking. It is a quick and worthy...
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Utah, USA
A fun hike right after a good snowfall
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Hobble Creek Canyon, Springville, UT 84663, USA
Driving up Hobble Creek Canyon to find a good hiking trail is a good time, but after a rainstorm and in Autumn, it is even better. Park somewhere to explore the trails, have an afternoon of golf at one of the best courses in the state, or camp...
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Moab, UT 84532, USA
Corona Arch is fantastic, but my favorite part of the hike out there was this opening in the rock just to the left of the arch. The sky in Moab is a spectacular shade of blue that we never see in Boston.
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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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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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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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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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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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193 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Don’t let the mall setting fool you. Atrisco is a destination restaurant, run by a third- generation member of a New Mexican food dynasty. Chef George Gundrey used to manage the Santa Fe farmers’ market, so carefully sourced local ingredients...
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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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San Ildefonso Pueblo, NM 87506, USA
La Capilla de la Familia Sagrada sits at the base of Black Mesa, a sacred mountain on the San Ildefonso Pueblo reservation. It is one of the most photographed buildings in New Mexico. The little adobe chapel, against the backdrop of the Sangre de...
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821 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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How can you *not* love a place with more than 150 kinds of tea? Tucked away on arty Canyon Road, this little tea (and coffee) house is a treasure for weary walkers - the perfect spot to sit down with a book and a pot of Assam and step out of...
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1050 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
This unassuming adobe house in Santa Fe is home to one of the world's 'top ten places' to drink chocolate. (Seriously. It ranks up there with anything in Europe or South America.) Walk the few blocks from the city's central Plaza, open the door...
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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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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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63 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
The Santa Fe plaza was deserted after a rare summer rain. During the day folks come to the plaza for lunch at the iconic fajita and empanada carts, stationed on the corners. Musicians, backpackers and tourists escape from the sun here. Starting...
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211 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
My first experience at the Lensic was a free HBO and Santa Fe Independent Film Festival sponsored screening of the excellent documentary film "Casting By". About the unheralded role casting directors play in the creation of film and television, I...
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409 W Water St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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Recommended by locals and featured in an episode entitled “Aces of Authenticity” on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives,” Casa Chimayo is a delight for someone seeking traditional New Mexican food with a story. For starters, try...
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710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA
Did you know… turquoise is created by the pressure of millennia on copper, aluminum, and iron deposited by rain where water is scarce? The more copper, the bluer the stone. Turquoise, Water, Sky tells the story of turquoise, how it is formed,...
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333 W Cordova Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507, USA
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High-elevation baking might not always (ahem) rise to the occasion...but at Clafoutis, the French family that owns and cooks at this bakery/restaurant has acclimated perfectly to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. While it might be hard to tear...
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Santa Fe, NM, USA
being a big Star Wars fan, I couldn't resist
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217 E Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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Chez Mamou is a perfect spot to escape the ubiquitous chili themed cuisine while touring. It's lovely to sit on the narrow portal, sip a latte and tear into fork flaky pastries or crepes while watching the world go by. Just two blocks but an ocean...
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706 Camino Lejo, On Museum Hill, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA
“State of the Arts” is not just a clever slogan, New Mexico can actually back up its claim to that title. It is home to more working artists, studios, galleries, and artisanal shops per capita than any other state in the union. Art is on permanent...
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808 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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On a recent June night while the portal was crowded with diners, we found a dark corner in the back of this Santa Fe landmark bar. An open door let in the evening breeze and framed the famous desert light.
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Los Cerrillos, NM, USA
Cerrillos, New Mexico was the center of the turquoise mining trade in the late 1800's, and almost became New Mexico's capital. The Clear Light Opera House was built to house performances by East Coast luminaries like Sarah Bernhardt. One of the...
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Santa Fe, NM, USA
Ironic!
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Izraelská 712/1, 130 00 Praha 3 - Žižkov, Czechia
The New Jewish Cemetery is a little ways out of the center of Prague, right near the Zelivskeho metro station. It is beautiful and green, and oh so quiet compared to the busy winding streets of the main city. Although the most famous feature there...
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Nový Svět 76/1, 118 00 Praha 1-Hradčany, Czechia
Prague is a historic city with ornate architecture but is now notorious for its crowds of tourists. This is one part of Prague that provides a glimpse of how the city used to be--quiet, quaint, and beautiful. When I first found this neighborhood,...