Senior Travel to New Mexico

Jul 6th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Two of the most popular cities in the world, Santa Fe and Taos, share much of the same history and multicultural diversity. Get to know them both as you study the artists and writers who immortalized them and visit a nearby pueblo and Hispanic village to learn of their ancient traditions and cultures.

A full day field trip to Taos will take you to the Millicent Rogers Museum, the Martinez Hacienda, as well as to famous Bent Street and the Plaza. In Santa Fe, you’ll visit the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, Museum of Indian Art and Culture, have a city excursion, eat in local restaurants, explore music of the area and learn about archeological remnants of centuries past.  Here the high desert will treat you with its amazing array of colors. It is also home to two gorgeous mountain ranges and fascinating cultural nuances. Santa Fe, at the southern tip of the region, is one of the world’s great travel destinations for its combination of beauty, cultural interest, music, art, and dining.

Santa Fe and Taos are just a short drive from Albuquerque. Santa Fe is only one hour north of Albuquerque, and “the City Different” is worth a day trip just for the amazing museums and galleries. As New Mexico’s capital, Santa Fe has several important historical attractions; special events, like Indian Market, draw visitors from all over the world.  My wife and I were totally fascinated with the old historical buildings and how the city has kept them all alive, especially the churches. Santa Fe also features world-class cuisine and accommodations. Chosen by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine as the country’s number two tourist destination, Santa Fe is an irresistible addition to your New Mexico getaway.

Of course there are plenty of nearby communities worth exploring as well.  One would not want to miss visiting Albuquerque.   This city tops the categories in several areas such as Top Ten Cleanest City, Bike Friendly and more.  The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the world’s largest hot air balloon festival, takes place each October, when one can view more than 700 balloons in the sky at a time.  This is one colorful event!  This magical hot air balloon festival is considered to be the most photographed event in the world, drawing a huge international crowd of balloonists and spectators.  The city of Albuquerque lies a mile above sea level and has a high-desert climate that allows you to experience the contrast between desert and forest all under a vast blue sky.

Just an hour north of Santa Fe is the historic town of Taos, which lies nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Taos is known for spectacular skiing, the much-photographed Taos Pueblo, world-class museums and a colorful, creative community. If you choose to extend your day trip to the weekend, Taos Ski Valley lodging facilities offer many amenities, including spas, restaurants, WiFi and more.

Budget Travel has plenty of helpful information for planning your trip to NM. They call it A road trip through Georgia O’Keefe country as she made this majestic landscape her home–and the subject of many of her paintings–for almost the last four decades of her life.    

Some links to check out prior to your visit:
http://www.essentialguide.com/
http://gocalifornia.about.com/od/nmtaosactivities/Things_to_Do_in_Taos.htm
http://www.concierge.com/travelguide/santafe
http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0108250.html
http://www.concierge.com/travelguide/santafe/map
http://www.santafegetaway.com/santafe/index.htm
http://www.cabq.gov/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albuquerque,_New_Mexico
http://www.newmexico.org/

jeb



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